Current guests 2020-2021

Masrat Zahra is a photojournalist comes from the disputed region of Kashmir which is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Since 1989, an armed insurgency led local Kashmiris and supported by Pakistan has been raging in the scenic region against the Indian rule. She has already been honoured with important international awards for ex. in 2020 the ” Peter Mackler Award” and the “Anja Niendringhaus Award” for courageous photojournalism.
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Tatsiana Tkachova. The 34-year-old photographer from Belarus had come under increased pressure since the rigged presidential election last August 2020. Instead of the pro-regime pictures ordered by the editor-in-chief of “Zviazda,” she first photographed the peaceful demonstrations, then the violent persecution by Belarusian special forces and arbitrary arrests of protesters. Finally, the award-winning photographer quit her permanent job at the state-owned daily newspaper:
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Ellen T. Tordesillas The fact-checking platform “VERA Files”, which she co-founded, has identified the president Rodrigo Duterte as the main source of fake news. She describes the violent methods Duterte uses against critical media representatives.
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NN – cultural worker from Iran.

Bishop Antonio Ablon of the “Iglesia Filipino Independiente”, Diocese Pagadian of the Philippine Island Mindanao. He is committed to the indigenous people of Mindanao. Link to Press release

Angel İstek Alcu – The 35-year-old freelance journalist from Diyarbakir has made a name for herself above all as a translator and “fixer” for foreign colleagues in the Kurdish-Turkish crisis region. In recent years she has repeatedly worked for the British BBC, the Wall Street Journal and the public broadcaster in Sweden. Link to Press release

Shahindha Ismail 14 years ago Shahindha Ismail (41) founded the “Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN)”. The NGO fights against religious fundamentalism, for the return to democratic principles and the observance of human rights, but also for the interests and release of political prisoners.
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34 years Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People

The Hamburg Foundation supports politically

persecuted people who, be­cause of advocating

democracy, freedom and human rights,

find them­selves in a dangerous, often life-threatening

situation in their native countries.