Pakistan Press Foundation presented with Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust’s Astor Award - Pakistan News Digest

Pakistan Press Foundation presented with Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust’s Astor Award

London (IINA) - The Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust (CPU), which is based in Cambridge, UK has presented recently the annual Astor Award to the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) which is considered one of the oldest and most prestigious media awards in the world.

Chairman of the CPU Media Trust Lord Black of Brentwood said: We are delighted to make this presentation to the PPF, which has been fighting for press freedom for five decades. As it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its foundation in 1967, the PPF is a worthy winner who continues to this day to fight for media freedom in deeply hostile media terrain. We salute their courage and their outstanding work.

The Astor Award, which was first made in 1970, is presented to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the Commonwealth newspaper industry and in particular fighting for press and media freedom. Last year's winner was the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda.

The full citation for the Award reads as follows:

Pakistan's unenviable reputation as one of the world's most hostile media climates is sealed by a single, haunting statistic: 73 of its journalists have lost their lives since 2002 while doing their job. Nearly 50 were deliberately targeted caught in the crosshairs of ethnic, religious and separatist militancy, deeply polarized politics, and hostile government and law enforcement agencies. That is tragic and unforgivable.

In this, it owes much to the aid and inspiration of the Pakistan Press Foundation, the country's oldest media development organization, founded in 1967 to promote media freedom, journalistic training and improves standards.

Receiving the Award, Owais Aslam Ali, Secretary General of the PPF, said: I am gratified that the contributions of PPF in promoting and defending press freedom have been recognized by the Commonwealth Press Union. For many decades CPU was the leading organization working for the development of professional, independent and free media in many newly independent countries, including Pakistan. The Astor Award will encourage all of us at PPF to work with greater vigor to meet the opportunities and serious challenges that face the Pakistani media today.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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