UAE human rights Ahmed Mansoor among 18 journalists and media outlets nominated for 2017 RSF prize.
In recognition of his commitment to media freedom and his efforts in the defence and promotion of human rights, detained blogger Ahmed Mansoor among 18 journalists and media outlets nominated for 2017 RSF. prize.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and TV5-Monde will award their 2017 Press Freedom Prize on 7 November. The ceremony will be held as part of the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg and there will be three laureates, a journalist, a citizen-journalist and a media outlet.
The annual RSF-TV5 Monde Prize has been drawing attention to the importance of the freedom to inform since 1992 by honouring journalists and media outlets that have made a noteworthy contribution to the defence or promotion of this freedom. Each award comes with 2,500 euros in prize money.
Ahmed Mansoor is considered as one of the few sources of independent reporting about human rights and civil liberties in the UAE. Mansoor was jailed on March 19 on charges of posting false information on social networks, endangering national unity, and damaging the UAE’s reputation. In the weeks prior to his arrest, he had called for human rights defender Osama Al Najjar’s release and had condemned the 10-year jail sentence imposed on the academic and activist Nasser bin Ghaith. He received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015.