World Press Freedom Day 2019
Blogger, winner of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award 2017
Afrah Nasser, an independent Yemeni journalist, editor in chief of the Sanaa Review, and the recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2017 International Press Freedom Award. Nasser has been working as a journalist for over a decade, covering politics, human rights and press freedom in her home country. Nasser began receiving death threats in connection with her blog's writings that were critical of the regime during the 2011 uprising in Yemen. In 2011, while at a training session in Sweden, Nasser decided to apply for asylum. She became a political refugee in Sweden that year. From exile, she continues to report on Yemen's political affairs as a freelance journalist.
Nasser's work has appeared in outlets including Al-Jazeera English, CNN, Atlantic Council, Middle East Eye, The New Arab and The Huffington Post. Her work can also be found on her blog. Nasser is the recipient of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society Organization's 2017 Eldh-Ekblads Peace Prize, the Pennskaft Prize for 2016, and the Swedish Publicists Club's 2014 Dawit Issak Prize. Nasser was featured in BBC’s '100 women who changed the world' media coverage, in 2013, and she has been featured three times as one of the 100 most influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @Afrahnasser.