The International Press Institute named David Rohde this year’s World Press Freedom Hero on Tuesday, citing the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner’s work in Bosnia and Afghanistan in choosing him for the award.
The Reuters columnist and former New York Times journalist received his first Pulitzer in 1996 for reports in the Christian Science Monitor exposing the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. That expose led to his arrest by Bosnian Serb police in 1995. He was detained for 10 days, initially in secret, and threatened with espionage charges.
He was again detained in 2008, for more than seven months by the Taliban in Afghanistan while he and two Afghan colleagues were researching the history of U.S. involvement in the country for a book.
Rhode shared a Pulitzer Prize with others in a New York Times team in April 2009 for the paper’s “masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America’s deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
The Wold Press Freedom Hero award, said an IPI statement, “recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to defending and promoting press freedom, especially, but not only, if it involved acts of resistance or bravery under harsh conditions.”
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