- Hamid Mir
Pakistani Journalist, Columnist, Author
Hamid Mir is a famous Pakistani journalist, well known in all international media circles. He has been hosting a popular television show "Capital Talk" on Geo News for 17 years now, yet his real strength is his columns. He has written for Indian and Bangladeshi newspapers, in addition to Pakistani ones. With his writing, he has served as a strong voice for human rights and media freedom. Furthermore, he has authored quite a few books. Mr. Mir has faced intimidation and persecutions for his reporting on controversial political issues including several assassination attempts. In the face of these threats, he remains steadfast and continues to raise his voice against extremism and media censorship with more vigor and courage.
Mr. Mir received the "Most Resilient Journalist Award" in 2016 by Free Press Unlimited in The Hague ,Netherlands. Moreover, Washington Post published a front page story about his life on 25th July 2015 and declared him the most popular journalist in Pakistan for interviewing Osama bin Laden and discovering Noble Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai. He has since created many records in Pakistani journalism, including becoming the youngest editor of a Pakistani newspaper at the age of 36 and receiving the best Urdu Columnist Award of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) in 1998 at the age of 38. He is also the recipient of the SAARC Life Time Achievement Award from SAARC Writers in New Delhi in 2010. Finally, he was presented with the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (a civilian award) from Government of Pakistan in 2013 for his services for the field of journalism.