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Asma Shirazi wins 2014 Peter Mackler award

Published Aug 22, 2014 10:17pm


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Pakistan’s first female war correspondent and TV host Asma Shirazi has won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. – File Photo
Pakistan’s first female war correspondent and TV host Asma Shirazi has won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. – File Photo

WASHINGTON: Asma Shirazi, Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host of popular TV talk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism on Friday.

Shirazi reported on conflicts that include the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 and General Pervez Musharraf's 2007 state of emergency.

She also hosted two popular television talk shows, including one on parliamentary affairs that Musharraf banned when he clamped down on independent news coverage.

“We are thrilled to recognise the courage and dedication to journalistic ethics that Ms Shirazi has displayed every day of her career,” said Camille Mackler, Project Director for the Peter Mackler Award.

At great personal risk and defying death threats, Shirazi ensures “that unbiased, free information is available throughout Pakistan,” Mackler said.

Shirazi is the second woman to win the award since its creation in 2008, after Honduran radio news editor Karla Rivas won in 2011.

Shirazi's award pays “tribute to the courage of those who fight for freedom of information in Pakistan, where seven journalists were murdered in connection with their work in 2013,” said Delphine Halgand, US director of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

“AFP is happy to be associated with this recognition of Asma Shirazi's great courage and perseverance in reporting on conflict and politics in Pakistan despite the personal dangers she faced,” said David Millikin, AFP's director for North America.

The award, named for the late Agence France-Presse , will be presented at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington on October 23.

The Award is administered by Global Media Forum in partnership with AFP and Reporters Without Borders.

Pakistan is currently ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders.

Comments (28) Closed

Alien_USA Aug 22, 2014 10:48pm

Congratulations...keep up the GOOD Work..

Dr Khan' Aug 22, 2014 10:53pm

Congratulations to Asma Shirazi for this award.More Pakistani women of this sort are needed.

sapeace Aug 22, 2014 11:05pm

well done

mba Aug 22, 2014 11:05pm

CONGRATULATIONS. Congratulations to Ms. Shirazi for her personal achievement. Ten times Congratulations to her for bringing Pakistan a bit nearer to a freer society. It seems to me that good-news-bringers in last few years were mostly women. So Ms. Shirazi, many thanks for scoring a big plus point for our country.

SKB-535 Aug 22, 2014 11:08pm

Congratulations .. and well done Asma..

baakhlaq Aug 22, 2014 11:10pm

Heartiest congratulations to my favorite anchor who always maintains her neutrality.

vinay singh Aug 22, 2014 11:15pm

I think Pakistan must be ranked much higher I find Pakistani media to be lot more independent and of much better quality compared to india particularly dawn has taught me to do critical analysis of everything in an unbiased manner a sincere tribute to Pakistani media from an Indian

dr.Sehar Khan Aug 22, 2014 11:31pm

Job Well Done...We are proud of you Asma!!!

Rana Haseeb Aug 22, 2014 11:48pm


Shahid Khan Aug 22, 2014 11:59pm

Congratulations to you Asma!! Please promote professional journalism in Pakistan as professional journalism is one of the most important pillar in any nation.

zack Khan Aug 23, 2014 12:31am

Where there is a free press, the governors must live in constant awe of the opinions of the governed.

Valar Morgulis Aug 23, 2014 12:33am

@vinay singh Thanks Vinay. DAWN is actually our "true" strategic asset. I can bet you that it will not disappoint you on journalism at least.

Ayesha Aug 23, 2014 12:34am

Our women if given an opportunity can perform the best. Congrats Asma, we are proud of you

US CENTCOM Aug 23, 2014 12:35am

Congratulations to Pakistani fraternity of Journalists and specially Asma Shirazi on winning the Peter Mackler Award.

Abdul Quddus DET

Rashid Ishaq Aug 23, 2014 12:59am

well done

Arif Aslam Khan Aug 23, 2014 01:07am

There is no doubt about Asma's talent & brilliance as TV Anchor but during last two years her tilt towards PML (N) in her talk show "Awam ki Adalat" has allowed many viewers to point fingers towards her neutrality that is why she has lost a big number of Audience.

Saad Zafar Aug 23, 2014 01:26am


HAFEEZ Aug 23, 2014 01:35am

What a different two ladies with family names sharazi Asma Sherazi deserved this prestigeious International Award, sorry to say there is no organzation who could appreciated her good work.My best wishes with you.keep up the
good work

Saeed Aug 23, 2014 01:41am

On Peter Mackler website ...."We favor working journalists who have demonstrated a commitment to fairness, accuracy and speaking truth"

I am confused, I always thought she is totally Pro-Nawaz and has always been. Now I know how wrong I was.

Elyas Aug 23, 2014 03:32am

Congratulations, we are all proud of you, good job.

Sonny Afridi Aug 23, 2014 03:38am

What a joke. West questions freedom of our press when reality is our press is far too free -- freer than most press in the world - freer than it ought to be! Meanwhile in Germany you can go to jail for writing anything that questions death-toll during holocaust, in occupied Kashmir people are rounded up arrested or shot on site for what indians call "sedition" (in reality, posting op eds or facebook posts about human rights abuses)

Sana Jahaan Aug 23, 2014 04:14am

only pro government and stupid journalist qualified for this.

Surinder Jeet Aug 23, 2014 04:33am

Congratulations on your courage madam. You shine a bright light on the courage of women, also the women of the sub-continent.

Moiz Omar Aug 23, 2014 05:20am


A. Khan Aug 23, 2014 05:31am

Congratulations, Asma ! Thhat is quite an achievement.

ROHIT PANDEY Aug 23, 2014 05:54am

Courage to match the good looks!:):)

Congratulations...stories of achievements and dedication is exactly what Pakistan needs as a morale booster!

baakhlaq Aug 23, 2014 09:28am

She is decent and courteous without leaving her courage behind.Asma,please train a few more people like you.

jose Aug 24, 2014 12:23am

you have shown extraordinary in excellence: amount of courage in these difficult times,well done and congratulation may Allah reward you more strength.