WJWC congratulates Afrah Nasser on being among 2017 International Press Freedom Winners

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) has congratulated journalist Afrah Nasser on 2017 International Press Freedom Prize.

The exiled Yemeni independent reporter and blogger along with other journalists from Cameroon, Mexico and Thailand has been presented the annual international press freedom award granted by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Honouring the Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser with the prize is also an honour to all Yemeni women journalists who face dangers of the fierce war on journalism and journalists.

Nasser began contributing to the Yemen Times in 2004 and worked as a reporter for the Yemen Observer in 2008.

In 2011, as the uprising began in Yemen, she started blogging about human rights violations and gender issues in the country.

At the same year, while attending a training session, Nasser applied for asylum and became a political refugee in Sweden.

Nasser said the award she has received should draw the world’s attention to the dangers, including life-threatening risks, which Yemeni journalists and writers face.

Yemeni women journalists are also at the heart of dangers, facing the risk of arrest, imprisonment, torture and various attacks, Nasser continues.

Nasser began contributing to the Yemen Times in 2004 and worked as a reporter for the Yemen Observer in 2008. In 2011, as the uprising began in Yemen, she started blogging about human rights violations and gender issues in the country.

“Nasser, who also reports on human rights violations, women's issues, and press freedom, fled Yemen after receiving death threats over articles that criticized the regime during the 2011 uprising,” said CPJ.

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