Cyril Almeida receives International Press Institute's 2019 World Press Freedom Heroes Award

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International Press Institute
(IPI) is a global organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of press freedom and the improvement of journalism practices. Founded in October 1950, the IPI has members in over 120 countries.

Dawn Assistant Editor Cyril Almeida on Wednesday received the International Press Institute's (IPI) 71st World Press Freedom Hero award in Geneva, Switzerland.

Almeida was honoured in a special ceremony during the annual World Congress and General Assembly of IPI — a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries.

"We're proud to award the 2019 IPI World Press Freedom Hero award to Pakistan's Cyril Almeida, a columnist and assistant editor for Dawn," IPI shared on its Twitter account, adding: "It's an honour to recognize the courageous journalism done by Cyril and his newspaper."

It's an honour to recognize the courageous journalism done by Cyril and his newspaper.

In April, IPI had announced Almeida as the recipient of the award.

IPI’s World Press Freedom Hero Award honours journalists "who have made significant contributions to the promotion of press freedom, particularly in the face of great personal risk".

According to a post by the network, Almeida had been recognised for his "critical" and "tenacious coverage" of civil-military relations in Pakistan.

"Almeida’s scrutiny of the Pakistani military-security complex has made both him and Dawn a target," the Vienna-based IPI had said in its statement.

In 2016, Almeida was briefly placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) after publishing an exclusive storyin Dawn regarding a top-level meeting of civil-military leaders.

The story prompted enormous controversy in Pakistan. Both Almeida and Dawn’s top editor were subjected to a widespread smear campaign and dragged before a tribunal in an effort to force Dawnto reveal its sources, the IPI had said.

In 2018, a petition seeking the start of treason proceedings was filed against Almeida and he was again temporarily placed on the ECL after publishing an interview with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in which Sharif questioned the progress of the Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan. Proceedings in the case remain open.

The press freedom watchdog had noted that the retaliation against Almeida and Dawn for their journalism comes "amid a rapidly deteriorating environment for the press" in the country.

"The range of threats includes physical attacks on journalists; legal harassment; the widespread disruption of newspaper distribution; and the effective blockading of independent broadcasters," it had said.

Almeida, a Rhodes scholar with a law degree from Oxford University who briefly worked as a lawyer before entering journalism, is IPI’s second World Press Freedom Hero from Pakistan, with Aslam Ali, the former managing director of Pakistan Press International, having been honoured previously.

IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said Almeida has "demonstrated tremendous resolve in tackling – at great risk to himself – deeply contentious issues that are nevertheless of central importance to Pakistan’s democracy”.

"Despite the press freedom crisis engulfing Pakistan, he, and Dawn newspaper, have refused to back down from writing about issues that matter,” she added, urging Pakistani authorities to withdraw all charges against Almeida.

"Bringing treason charges against a journalist for interviewing a former prime minister is as dangerous as it is absurd, and constitutes a gross violation of journalists’ right to disseminate information in the public interest," Trionfi had said.




https://www.dawn.com/news/1486673/dawn-journalist-cyril-almeida-receives-ipis-71st-world-press-freedom-hero-award
 
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stoic

Minister (2k+ posts)
Any award for these guys?

Police raid Australian public broadcaster over Afghan leak
Australia's Federal Police raided the offices of the national public broadcaster on Wednesday in connection to a 2017 story based on leaked military documents that indicated the country's military forces were being investigated for possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

 

stoic

Minister (2k+ posts)
So in some cases leaking details of a high level meeting concerning national security is considered a serious matter. But in other espcially if it happens in Pakistan is considered a matter of freedom of press and leakers become champions of democracy. If any action is take against the leaker then democracy becomes endangered.

Any award for the Daily Telegraph for publishing the leaks?


Huawei leak row: Government 'cannot exclude' criminal investigation
The culture secretary has said it is possible there could be a criminal investigation into a leak from a National Security Council meeting.

The NSC is made up of senior cabinet ministers. Chaired by the prime minister, it meets every week to discuss government objectives concerning national security - with other ministers, officials and senior figures from the armed forces and intelligence invited when needed.

It is a place where secret intelligence can be shared by GCHQ, MI6 and MI5 with ministers, all of whom have signed the Official Secrets Act.


But following Tuesday's meeting, the Daily Telegraph reported that the NSC had agreed to allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei limited access to help build Britain's new 5G network, amid warnings about possible risks to national security.

It also reported that various ministers had raised concerns about the plan.

Former National Security Adviser Lord Ricketts told the BBC it was the first time anyone had committed a major leak from the NSC since its inception in 2010. He added that he was in favour of a full inquiry, possibly involving MI5 investigators, "to make the culprit feel very uncomfortable".

So BBC political editor thinks that the leaks are a security matter

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said, in addition to the security issue, anger about the leak demonstrated the frustration inside the government at the breakdown of discipline


For Labour, shadow Cabinet Office minister Jo Platt said: "If the leak was for an advantage in a Tory leadership race, that would be truly shocking.

"Critical issues of national security should be handled with utmost care, not used as political ammunition in a Tory party civil war."

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has denied the leak came from him, saying it was "utterly appalling". Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also denied the leak came from him.

Yep these kind of leaks when they happen in UK and the USA are completely unacceptable. But if they happen in Pakistan then the action by authorities are considered action against freedom of press

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said leaking sensitive information was "completely unacceptable" adding: "If it happens it should absolutely be looked at."

Why does the leak matter?

So BBC thinks that the leaks from NSC meetings is both serious and unprecedented. Did they and other use the same kind of language for Dawn leaks?

The leak from Tuesday's National Security Committee meeting is both serious and unprecedented.

Lord Ricketts, a former National Security Adviser in David Cameron's government, confirmed there had never before been a "major, deliberate leak" immediately following an NSC meeting.

He is in favour of a formal investigation while others go further, calling for a criminal inquiry involving the police and MI5.

So, just why is it so serious?

Yep leaking sensitive information from a high level meeting of security agencies and government officials is considered a serious matter and warrants an inquiry

Because the NSC is supposed to be the one place in Whitehall where highly sensitive secret intelligence can be openly shared with ministers.

Those present will have signed the Official Secrets Act, clearing them to handle secret intelligence.

Huawei leaks is breaking the circle of trust and they are going to put the the fear of God up the culprit

Breaking that "circle of trust" risks undermining the work of Britain's three intelligence agencies - GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 - potentially putting agents in danger.

Historically, leak inquiries rarely find the culprit, although in this case there may be an electronic trail that would expose the leaker.

What they will do, however, says Lord Ricketts, is to put the fear of God up the culprit, thereby discouraging them from ever doing it again.


 
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jani1

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Any award for these guys?

Police raid Australian public broadcaster over Afghan leak
Australia's Federal Police raided the offices of the national public broadcaster on Wednesday in connection to a 2017 story based on leaked military documents that indicated the country's military forces were being investigated for possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

nope...
 

fawad ali

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
A proud moment for Pakistan. Not for every Pakistani though. We as nation dislike international heroes like Dr. Abdul salam, Malala yousafzai, now this guy Almeida just because world recognizes them. On the other hand we have heroes like Mumtaz qadri, osama, zaid hamid type third class and mentally disturbed people. No wonder world is scared of our views.
 

fawad ali

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Freedom os expression is the basic foundation of 21st century democracy. People callibg Alhmeida as a traitor are basically fascist. Questiining states policies is not treason, it is actually patriotism.
 

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International Press Institute
(IPI) is a global organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of press freedom and the improvement of journalism practices. Founded in October 1950, the IPI has members in over 120 countries.

Dawn Assistant Editor Cyril Almeida on Wednesday received the International Press Institute's (IPI) 71st World Press Freedom Hero award in Geneva, Switzerland.

Almeida was honoured in a special ceremony during the annual World Congress and General Assembly of IPI — a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries.

"We're proud to award the 2019 IPI World Press Freedom Hero award to Pakistan's Cyril Almeida, a columnist and assistant editor for Dawn," IPI shared on its Twitter account, adding: "It's an honour to recognize the courageous journalism done by Cyril and his newspaper."

It's an honour to recognize the courageous journalism done by Cyril and his newspaper.

In April, IPI had announced Almeida as the recipient of the award.

IPI’s World Press Freedom Hero Award honours journalists "who have made significant contributions to the promotion of press freedom, particularly in the face of great personal risk".

According to a post by the network, Almeida had been recognised for his "critical" and "tenacious coverage" of civil-military relations in Pakistan.

"Almeida’s scrutiny of the Pakistani military-security complex has made both him and Dawn a target," the Vienna-based IPI had said in its statement.

In 2016, Almeida was briefly placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) after publishing an exclusive storyin Dawn regarding a top-level meeting of civil-military leaders.

The story prompted enormous controversy in Pakistan. Both Almeida and Dawn’s top editor were subjected to a widespread smear campaign and dragged before a tribunal in an effort to force Dawnto reveal its sources, the IPI had said.

In 2018, a petition seeking the start of treason proceedings was filed against Almeida and he was again temporarily placed on the ECL after publishing an interview with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in which Sharif questioned the progress of the Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan. Proceedings in the case remain open.

The press freedom watchdog had noted that the retaliation against Almeida and Dawn for their journalism comes "amid a rapidly deteriorating environment for the press" in the country.

"The range of threats includes physical attacks on journalists; legal harassment; the widespread disruption of newspaper distribution; and the effective blockading of independent broadcasters," it had said.

Almeida, a Rhodes scholar with a law degree from Oxford University who briefly worked as a lawyer before entering journalism, is IPI’s second World Press Freedom Hero from Pakistan, with Aslam Ali, the former managing director of Pakistan Press International, having been honoured previously.

IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said Almeida has "demonstrated tremendous resolve in tackling – at great risk to himself – deeply contentious issues that are nevertheless of central importance to Pakistan’s democracy”.

"Despite the press freedom crisis engulfing Pakistan, he, and Dawn newspaper, have refused to back down from writing about issues that matter,” she added, urging Pakistani authorities to withdraw all charges against Almeida.

"Bringing treason charges against a journalist for interviewing a former prime minister is as dangerous as it is absurd, and constitutes a gross violation of journalists’ right to disseminate information in the public interest," Trionfi had said.




https://www.dawn.com/news/1486673/dawn-journalist-cyril-almeida-receives-ipis-71st-world-press-freedom-hero-award
A CIA FRONT FOR PRESSTITUTES TRAITOR MEDIA OF PAKISTAN SERIAL LIAR PIMP OF NAWAZ TRAITOR JAHIL DAKOO.

FREEDOM OF BS. JEW CONTROLLED MEDIA. F THEM.
 

crankthskunk

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
this is the lolly offered by the program hosts like Wasatullah and Zaidi. The agenda speaks for i tself, why Dawn is involved and why It does it.
I have written here many many times, what they say in their program and what they write in BBC Urdu they can never say or write in the UK against its government without being arrested by the police for treason.
Pakistan truly is a hunting ground for these people financed and supported by enemies.
Why only people like him, Umer Cheema, Naseem Zahra, Rauf Klasara etc. are recognised, trained, educated and supported by the enemies after spending millions to create their persona in the public in Pakistan!!!
You guys should start thinking critically for Pakistani journalists and understand what are the objectives behind the garbage they speak and write in Pakistan.
They free to write and criticise Islam, its values and the Muslims. Let them write a single word about Jews, their values, their history, i.e. holocaust etc. I will see how many hours not days they can wear the garb of "Press freedom" and democracy in that case.
I know it because I am UK citizen.
I know such character cannot last one day in the UK if they criticise or go against their own country's national policies.
 

3rd_Umpire

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
سِرل المیڈا جیسے کتّے ساری زندگی یہی خواب دیکھتے رہتے ہیں، کہ
کب کسی دشمن ملک کا پٹّہ ایوارڈ کی صورت میں انکے گلے میں ڈلے گا
 

stoic

Minister (2k+ posts)
Countries do whatever is in their best interest

Australia media raids: Police do not rule out prosecuting journalists

Australian authorities say they have not decided whether they will prosecute journalists at the centre of controversial police raids.

Broadcasters and rights groups have condemned searches by police at the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) and a News Corp reporter's home this week.

They have criticised the seizures of documents as attacks on press freedom.

News reports may have breached national security laws, the Australian Federal Police reiterated on Thursday.

In a press briefing, acting Commissioner Neil Gaughan said that search warrants had related to stories where "top-secret and secret" government information had been published.

"No sector of the community should be immune to this type of activity or evidence collection more broadly," he said.

Asked whether police intended to prosecute media representatives, he said: "We have not made a decision."

However, the commissioner added that authorities would consider the "public interest" of the news reports before proceeding with any case.