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Female Afghan Journalist Win ‘Courage in Journalism’ Award

Najiba Ayub Killid Group in Afghanistan

KABUL – An Afghan woman journlist is among the three women who have been awarded the 2013 Courage in Journlism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Najiba Ayubi, 45, managing director for The Killid Group in Afghanistan has been nominated for the award after risking her life to report the news.

Ayubi spent more than a decade working under anonymous threats and attacks from government entities for her reporting on politics and women’s rights. She leads a team of reporters working in print, broadcast and online media and has refused calls for censorship. She remained committed to her work and rejected calls to limit her work despite facing direct threats from many sources including politicians who have sent gunmen to her home and other aggressors who have vowed to harm her family.

Najiba Ayubi follows Farida Nekzad and Sharif Akhlas and became the third IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner from Afghanistan. The other women journalists who will receive the awards includes Bopha Phorn, 28, reporter for The Cambodia Daily in Cambodia and Nour Kelze, 25, photojournalist for Reuters in Syria.

The winners will receive their awards during ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles which are scheduled to be organized on October 23 and October 29 this year. The Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award will be sponsored by the Bank of America.

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