2016 Free Expression Awards

Boniface Mwangi

Boniface Mwangi (Wikipedia)

Boniface Mwangi

Free Speech Award

Kenyan activist and photojournalist Boniface Mwangi has been arrested, beaten and blackmailed for his reporting and his efforts to promote free expression. When violence erupted in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 presidential election, Mwangi risked his life to document the bloodshed that killed more than 1,000 people. Outraged, he organized a street exhibition of his photos that toured the country. In 2011, Mwangi launched Pawa254, a creative collective that brings journalists, filmmakers and activists together to fight for social change.