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German foundation encourages courageous Arab journalists

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Berlin, 21.05.2020, 14:12 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Jochen Raffelberg Bericht 6133x gelesen

Berlin [ENA] The German Naumann Foundation has invited nominations for its 2020 Raif Badawi Award honoring journalists and media organizations from predominantly Muslim countries and calling attention to human rights violations. Applications from across the Arab world can be submitted by 15 June. Naumann says this recognition of courageous reporters keeps alive the fate of the imprisoned liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.

Last year Hanéne Zbiss, an investigative journalist in Tunisia, received the award, while 2018 Rana Sabbagh collected the prize for her Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) network at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The award does not involve monetary value. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a German foundation for liberal politics, advises that nominations can be in English or German and must include links to relevant articles or publications in the original language. The organization will present the award together with the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Raif Badawi, the Saudi writer, dissident and activist, as well as the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes in 2013. While the first 50 lashes were reportedly administered in 2015 the second flogging is believed to have been postponed several times. His wife says Badawi suffering from poor health would not survive the punishment. The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, acting as Badawi's international legal counsel, has organized public advocacy campaigns to help secure his release from prison. According to Naumann he stands as a “symbol for the grave restrictions on freedom of the press and freedom of opinion and the massive violence against media professionals”.

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