Eminent Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam and three others have been announced as one of the winners of the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards.
The three other journalists are- Mohammad Mosaed from Iran, Dapo Olorunyomi from Nigeria while Svetlana Prokopyeva from Russia.
The Committee to Protect Journalists named prominent Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam and three others from Iran, Nigeria, and Russia for the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards.
“All four have been arrested or faced criminal prosecution in reprisal for their reporting,” said a report on the website of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
CPJ will also honor lawyer Amal Clooney with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
Joel Simon, CPJ executive director, said “Like brave and committed journalists everywhere, CPJ’s honorees set out to report the news without fear or favor for the benefit of their communities, their country, and the world.”
The winners will be honored on November 19, 2020, at CPJ’s annual benefit gala, to be chaired this year by Patrick Gaspard, President of Open Society Foundations, and hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Lester Holt.
Shahidul Alam is a renowned photojournalist and commenter, and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia training organization the Pathshala Media Institute and the Drik photo library.
In August 2018, Alam was arrest after posting a video to social media about student protests in Dhaka.
He spent 102 days behind bars and said he was beaten in custody, before being freed in November 2018.