Pakistan’s Najam Sethi wins Golden Pen Award
The three day conference of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) was inaugurated in Hyderabad by President Pratibha Bharathi on Tuesday.
Najam Sethi, the former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Times in Pakistan, was awarded the 2009 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of WAN-IFRA. He was honoured for his outstanding defence and promotion of press freedom under difficult circumstances and constant personal danger.
The award was presented to Sethi during the opening ceremony of the World Newspaper Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo-2009, the global summit meetings of the world’s press.
Sethi, known as an advocate of liberal and secular ideas, said the award reflected “the fierce commitment and courage of South Asia’s free media to the perennial quest for reporting the truth and analysing it without fear or favour”.