The Academy and Emmy awards winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy will be honoured with yet another international award. This time the Pakistani award-winning filmmaker has been awarded the ICFJ Knight Journalism Award, which will be held officially next month at ICFJ’s Awards Dinner, hosted by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in Washington.
Sharmeen Obaid was one of two recipients of the Knight International Journalism Award that were announced on May 31 in Washington, DC.
The film-maker will share the award with Syrian photographer and video-journalist Karam al-Masri on November 9, at the ICFJ.
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The International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) recognised Obaid-Chinoy’s decades-long career, which led to a legislative change in her home country of Pakistan.
“I began writing for newspapers in Pakistan when I was 14 years old and produced my first documentary film at the age of 21. Throughout my career I have strived to investigate stories that make people deeply uncomfortable, in the hope that they will spark conversations that will eventually lead to changes in attitudes,” said Obaid-Chinoy.
Furthermore, Karam Al-Masri will be honoured for his work in photographing war-torn Aleppo.
The Knight International Journalism Award recognises media professionals who are passionate about outstanding reporting that makes a difference.
“At great personal risk, Obaid-Chinoy and Al Masri faced terrorism head-on, getting behind the scenes to chronicle untold abuses,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan.