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The South Sudanese journalist Josephine Achiro Fortelo has long fought for press freedom in her homeland. Her work has now been recognized with the Johann Philipp Palm Award for Freedom of Speech and the Press.
Monika Grütters, German Federal Minister for Culture and Media, reminds us not to stand by as freedom of the press and the arts is under attack. These restrictions "ring the death knell for democracy and human rights."
After journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in Malta in a murder thought to be related to her work, her three sons have become outspoken advocates of the right to freedom of expression.
Renowned photographer Shahidul Alam was detained this month after criticizing Bangladeshi authorities in a TV interview. Friends and relatives who recently visited him say that the 63-year-old's health is deteriorating.