Umar Cheema

Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter with The News (Pakistan) and the founder of the Centre for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan. In June 2014 he was elected to the board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, where he serves as its Asia representative. Cheema writes on corruption, politics, and intelligence agencies, work that has resulted in his being abducted and abused. His refusal to stay silent about the attack has drawn wide attention to anti-press violence in Pakistan. Among his honors are the Knight International Journalism Award, the International Press Freedom Award, and the Missouri Medal Honor for Distinguished Services in Journalism. In 2008 he became the first Daniel Pearl Fellow to work at The New York Times. He holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics.

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