Mazen Darwish

Laureate Freedom of Speech Award 2016

Mazen Darwish Laureate Freedom of Speech Award 2016

The award for Mr. Darwish is motivated by his courageous efforts to promote human rights and the freedom of speech in Syria. In the most dangerous and difficult circumstances he published details of arbitrary arrests and violations by police and security forces. As the director of  the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression he and his fellow journalists played a key role in getting out information about developments in Syria as foreign journalists were virtually banned from the country. He is one of the founders of syriaview.net, an independent news site that was banned by the Syrian authorities. In 2011 he established Media Club, the first Syrian magazine about media affairs. Through his efforts he has become a symbol of the battle for human rights in Syria.