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Reporters Without Borders Honors Afghan Newspaper, Syrian Journalist


Reporters Without Borders, "Le Monde," and TV5Monde have awarded their annual Press Freedom Prize to the Afghan daily "8Sobh" and Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish.

The prize committee paid tribute to the daily "8Sobh" as "living evidence that freely-reported quality journalism can develop in the most difficult corners of the planet.”

It honored Darwish, who has been imprisoned since February, for "displaying extraordinary courage in the face of danger."

"8Sobh" editor in chief Parwiz Kawa told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that journalists in Afghanistan faced threats and intimidation both from officials and the Taliban.

Since 1992, Reporters Without Borders has been honoring journalists and news media across the world for the defense and promotion of press freedom.

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