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Practicing journalism in one of the world’s most dangerous countries:Talk and Q & A


Marshall reading Room (312)
845 N Park
85721 Tucson , AZ


Thu, 10/13/2016 - 11:15am to 12:15pm


Asos Hardi

Asos Hardi is an independent journalist and publisher in Iraqi Kurdistan, an area that possesses few watchdog journalists. Local and Western journalists frequently turn to him as a reliable regional analyst on political affairs.
He is the founder, former editor-in-chief and currently director of Awene Press & Publishing Company, one of the few non-political party run publishing companies in the region. Under his leadership, the newspaper Awene (the Mirror) has become one of the only truly independent newspapers in Iraq today.
He was also a founder of Hawlati (Citizen) newspaper, considered to be the first independent newspaper in Iraqi Kurdistan. He served as editor-in-chief of Hawlati from 2000 to 2005.
In 2009, he received the Gebran Tueni Award, an annual prize by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers that honors an editor or publisher from the Arab region who demonstrates an attachment to freedom of the press, courage, leadership, ambition, and high managerial and professional standards.
Hardi also is a member of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa advisory committee.