Asma Shirazi is the 2014 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Ms Shirazi is the host of an authoritative talk show on Pakistan’s Dawn News Television.
Shirazi was Pakistan’s first female war correspondent. Undeterred by threats and personal risk, she has demonstrated courage, professionalism and dedication in the search for the truth.
In her acceptance speech at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Shirazi spoke out against “brutality” against reporters in her country as she expressed hope for greater freedom for the news media.
The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable, in her keynote address, highlighted “It’s not easy to be a woman in Pakistan, or a journalist who is committed to seeking, speaking or writing the truth. It is especially hard to be both.”