by International Press Institute
“I truly believe that Mazen is not just someone who has a dream. He is also someone who has worked for this dream for many years and, most importantly, he is ready to pay the price for it.”
Yara Bader, director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, and wife of International Press Institute World Press Freedom Hero Mazen Darwish.
This May 3rd in Riga, IPI World Press Freedom Hero Mazen Darwish – renowned Syrian journalist, free expression campaigner, and previously one of the most important sources of information about the Syrian conflict – will be honoured with the prestigious UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
But if nothing changes, Mazen won’t be in Riga to accept his award.
Since 2012, Mazen Darwish has been imprisoned by Syrian authorities for his journalistic work. For two years he was held without charges, until being accused in 2014 of spurious “terrorism” offences. A hearing in his case has been postponed 21 times. Syrian courts have so far refused to honour a government amnesty that should have applied to Mazen.
The world, and Syria, need Mazen’s voice – and he needs yours.
“The world needs #MazenDarwish’s voice. We call on #Syria to #FreeMazen immediately #WPFD2015 http://thndr.it/1DqU8Bb“
Join supporters all across the world by posting same tweet on May 3, World Press Freedom Day. On this day, in Riga, Latvia, UNESCO will honour Mazen Darwish with the UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.