Blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who is currently living in Germany in exile, has received the Anna Politkovskaya Award for Journalism.
Tiziano Tagliani, the mayor of Ferrara city in Italy handed over the prestigious award to the 30-year-old Bangladeshi blogger at ‘Internazionale a Ferrara’ an international festival in the city.
The ceremony was attended by over 2000 people including prominent journalists, editors, human rights activists, scholars and writers from different countries around the world.
Ananya Azad, another Bangladeshi blogger who recently left the country following death threat, was also invited as guest in the ceremony shared a video and highlights of the award giving program with the Dhaka Tribune.
Asif Mohiuddin expressed his gratitude to the audience while receiving the award.
Mentioning the situation of Bangladesh with all its obstacles to the free expression from the government to religious groups, he said: “Having a different opinion should be encouraged and freedom of speech must be protected.”
Asif attended a session after the award giving ceremony and talked with the audience.
The Award was introduced in memory of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was found shot dead in Moscow on 7 October 2006. She gained international recognition for her critical reports, which drew attention to human rights abuses.
Following the brutal attack in 2013, and subsequent imprisonment, Asif is now living in Germany with the cooperation of Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, a group of Bengali in Bielefeld and the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People.
Earlier, the blogger won the prestigious The Bobs-Best of Online Activism award.