Mike Thomson on Raed Fares, recipient of the Courage in Journalism award by Legatum Institute published on 2020-03-06T15:09:23Z The Legatum Institute’s Courage in Journalism Award was founded in 2018 following the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the widely respected Maltese journalist who was killed by a car bomb in October 2017, in discussion with her family. The Award, which is presented posthumously each year to a journalist who has been killed as a direct result of their work, seeks to honour Daphne’s legacy and to shine a light on the dangers faced by members of the press around the world. The 2020 Courage in Journalism Award was presented to Syrian journalist and prominent activist Raed Fares, who was fatally shot in November 2018. Raed was the founder and director of the independent Syrian radio station Radio Fresh in Kafranbel. Despite being abducted, tortured, and surviving an assassination attempt, Raed continued to use his voice to build the foundations for a free, democratic Syria until the day he died. At the award ceremony we heard from Mike Thomson, the World Affairs Correspondent for the BBC and one of the judges for the Courage in Journalism Award. Mike had the opportunity to get to know Raed Fares before his death and made a superb BBC radio documentary about his life called The Man Who Laughed at al-Qaeda. Mike shared stories of the life of this courageous man who faced many challenges but never stopped fighting for the freedom he believed in.