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RFE/RL’s Hamid Mohmand wins 2013 Burke Award

Afghanistan -- Jan Kubis, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan during an exclusive interview with RFE/RL Kabul Bureau Chief Hamid Mohmand on April 25, 2013.
Hamid Mohmand, the Kabul bureau chief for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Afghan Service, Radio Azadi, is one of six journalists recognized by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) as a winner of the 2013 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards.

“Our Burke Award winners are on the front lines of some of the most challenging and dangerous places on earth,” said BBG Governor Susan McCue. The awards are given annually to journalists working for US international broadcasting networks on the basis of exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting.

Mohmand was recognized “for his extraordinary courage and exemplary reporting in Afghanistan.” Despite facing numerous threats from the Taliban, he continued to report on topics important to his war-ravaged country. Hamid’s work, such as this report on a Taliban attack, represents a commitment to the ideal of a free press and reflects the risks journalists face in nations plagued by strife and conflict.

In observance of World Press Freedom Day, Hamid was featured in an RFE/RL video speaking about the obstacles faced in the fight for free speech and a free press. Hamid and his colleagues work towards the development of these in both Afghanistan and the region as a whole.

RFE/RL journalists work in 21 countries where a free press is under threat from the government or not fully established. Their work provides what many people cannot get locally: fully uncensored news, discussion, and debate.

- John McGregor