NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sudanese Faisal Mohamed Salih will receive the 2013 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism on October 24th, at 6 pm, at the National Press Club in Washington DC.
The keynote speaker will be longtime Africa expert Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman.
Faisal Salih, 53, a reporter, editor, and columnist now with the Al Khartoum Daily, has demonstrated exemplary courage in a country ranked 170th out of 179 countries in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters without Borders.
Salih, harassed, arrested and imprisoned for his writings, has been a steadfast critic of the human rights record of his government.
Salih not only continues to work in his country, but also teaches journalism. He is director of Programs for Teeba Press at the Media Training, Advocacy, and Consultancy Center in Khartoum.
Ambassador Lyman was United States special envoy for Sudan in 2011-2013. He also served as U.S. senior advisor on North-South Negotiations, where he led the U.S. team focused on supporting negotiations between the parties to Sudan's 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
Ambassador Lyman's previous career in government included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, director of refugee programs, U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.
The Peter Mackler award rewards journalists who fight courageously and ethically to report news in countries where independent media is not tolerated. The Award is administered by the Mackler family in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders.
The ceremony is open to the public. Advance tickets are $25 ($10 with student ID) and can be purchased at www.pmaward.org. Ticket purchases include one free drink. All proceeds directly benefit the Peter Mackler Award Fund.
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