Journalist Khaled al-Balshy wins Nelson Mandela – Graca Machel Innovation Award


Chief editor of the privately owned Al-Bedaiah news website and former board member of the Journalists Syndicate Khaled al-Balshy won the 2017 Individual Activist award of the Nelson Mandela – Graca Machel Innovation Awards. The award is granted by Civicus, an organization located in Johannesburg and operating in 145 countries around the world, that works “to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world,” according to its website. It began granting the awards named after Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel in 2005, awarding prizes for those “who have demonstrated remarkable courage and commitment in the pursuit of social change.” The organization cited Balshy’s founding of the Front to Defend Journalists and the Rights of Citizens, which has assisted in the release of a number of jailed journalists in Egypt. The award website said Balsh has “boldly and relentlessly pursued the cause of free speech, despite facing personal judicial and online harassment.”