Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Pakistani filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was named as one of the recipients of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. (IMDB photo)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, producer and director of the HBO documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” was named as one of the recipients of the 49th annual Journalism Awards by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

Obaid-Chinoy was the winner in the “Television-International” category, it was announced earlier this year.

The prizes are given in student and professional categories. The winning topics include poverty, the war in Syria, the Flint water crisis, immigration, criminal justice and indigenous populations, RFK Human Rights said.

“In difficult political times, the power of expression and freedom of the press is more important than ever,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, in a statement. “The journalists who followed my father’s 1968 campaign created the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards in his name, and this year’s winners have produced work that speaks to the spirit of my father and the Book and Journalism Awards.”

All the honorees received a bust of Robert F. Kennedy and a cash prize in recognition of their work.

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