"IPI [International Press Institute] and IMS [International Media Support] are proud to announce that distinguished Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a pioneering figure for women in media in the Middle East who was killed while on assignment this year, and El Salvador’s Carlos Dada, co-founder and director of El Faro, one of Latin America’s most prominent online investigative news outlets, are this year’s World Press Freedom Heroes.
The World Press Freedom Hero award honours journalists who have made significant contributions to promote press freedom, particularly in the face of great personal risk. Launched by IPI in 2000, the award is now given in partnership with IMS. Past recipients include prominent journalists such as Lydia Cacho, Mazen Darwish and Anna Politkovskaya.
Dada and his team at El Faro, one of the first digital-focused news outlets in the region, have earned a reputation for rigorous, high-quality investigative journalism, uncovering important stories in El Salvador and neighbouring countries despite continuous threats by the Salvadoran state and criminal organizations."