Pakistani Freelance Reporter Wins AFP’s Prize for Coverage of Pashtuns

Pakistani freelance reporter, Asad Hashim, has won the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for covering the troubled ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in Pakistan.

33-year-old Hashim has been given the award for his series of articles on Pashtuns and other minority groups who ultimately became the collateral damage in Pakistan’s war against militants.

Hashim’s work included an investigative report on the enforced disappearances and a reporting mission to the South Waziristan tribal region (the home ground of Pakistan Taliban) to investigate the civilian casualties from landmines.

The award has been named after one of the best correspondents of AFP. This award acknowledges the efforts of locally-hired reporters in Asia who have been operating in difficult and risky conditions.

While speaking on the award being given to the Pakistani reporter, the AFP Asia-Pacific regional director Philippe Massonnet said, “These are challenging times for journalists in Pakistan, and Asad Hashim’s work stands out for the kind of courageous, independent reporting the Kate Webb Prize was created to recognize.”


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“His deeply-researched articles tackle sensitive subjects with an admirable balance of passion, commitment, and journalistic detachment,” he added.

The award was also an acknowledgment of his work on other highly-sensitive issues of Pakistan like blasphemy laws.

“I am honored by the jury’s decision to select my work this year,” said Hashim after receiving the news that he was the 2018 winner of the said award.

“I consider the award not just a recognition of my work, but of all Pakistani journalists, who have been working in an increasingly restrictive reporting environment over the last year,” he said.

The Kate Webb Prize comes with a purse of 3000 euro. It is to honor the journalists working under dangerous conditions in Asia. Kate Webb was a war correspondent who covered the entire Vietnam war among others and was even imprisoned during it.

The formal ceremony of presenting prize will take place in March.

Via: FMTNews

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      Not even one candle from mombatee mafia ever lighted fro them?
      Hypocrisy at its highest level.
      All traitors collude and scamper and hide in their caves in west and spew venom from there, and support the “dispensable” ones in Pakistan to do their bidding.
      Such people should have summary treason trials and be shot within days.
      Salah-uddin Ayyubi said that he first cleaned his nation from 30,000 traitors and only then marched on Jerusalem. Otherwise even someone as benevolent as him would have lost the “public opinion ” war in his time from traitors in his nation.
      That is what we need, 30,000 graves in the place where all provinces join. So each can contribute their own traitors to this graveyard!
      But not one is brave enough to do it, not even Imran nor any of the Chiefs (judiciary and military) — they fear too much for consequences to do what is best for the country.
      If 313 had feared for consequences, there would be not one Muslim on the face of this planet today!
      Even though life and death is in the hands of Allah — and even if they live now, will they defy death?

  • BOYS don’t like him waisay… so “traitor” label already placed in front of his name on WhatsApp groups…….. :P

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