Pakistani Journalist wins 2014 Peter Mackler Award

Pakistan’s first female war correspondent and host of various popular TV talk shows Asma Shirazi, was named the 2014 Winner of the prestiigious Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Shirazi has reported on a range of different conflicts including the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 and General Pervez Musharraf’s 2007 state of emergency. She also hosted two popular television talk shows, including one on parliamentary affairs that Musharraf banned when he clamped down on independent news coverage. Shirazi is the second woman to win the award since its creation in 2008, after Honduran radio news editor Karla Rivas won it in 2011. The award, named for the late Agence France-Presse journalist Peter Mackler, will be presented at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington on October 23. The Award is administered by Global Media Forum in partnership with AFP and Reporters Without Borders. Dawn