Editor who sacrificed all for journalism is honoured

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A journalist who has defied years of beatings, harassment, death threats and imprisonment has been awarded Amnesty International’s Special Award for Human Rights Journalism Under Threat.

IFJ president Jim Boumelha said of Yemeni journalist Abdul Karim Al Khaiwani: “He is one of those rare breeds of journalists, some of the bravest and the most determined – those who are prepared to sacrifice their personal and professional lives for the public good and to put their future and even the future of their families and children at risk in order to ensure that our profession remains one of the strongest backbones of our democracies.”

The former editor of Al Shora newspaper could not receive his award in person because he has been imprisoned by the Yemen government.

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