Pakistani freelance reporter Asad Hashim on Monday (Jan 14) has won Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize 2018 for his his work on highly sensitive issues, such as Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, country’s judicial system as well as coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan Hashim, 33, was honoured for a series of articles on ethnic Pashtuns and other minority groups caught in the crossfire of Pakistan’s fight against militants.
“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 recognise,” said AFP Asia-Pacific regional director Philippe Massonnet. “His deeply-researched articles tackle sensitive subjects with an admirable balance of passion, commitment and journalistic detachment.”
“I am honoured by the jury’s decision to select my work this year,” Hashim said after learning he was the winner of the 2018 prize. “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.”
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