Afrah Nasser is a multi-award-winning human rights defender, former chief-editor of the Sanaa Review, and the recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2017 International Press Freedom Award. Nasser has been working as a journalist for over a decade, covering politics and human rights in Yemen. During the 2011 uprising in Yemen, Nasser began receiving death threats in connection with her anti-regime writings on her blog. Her blog attracted wide readership and was featured as one of the must-read blogs from the Middle East by CNN and Al-Monitor.
In 2011, while at a training session in Sweden, Nasser decided to apply for asylum. She became a political refugee in Sweden that year. From exile, she continued to report on Yemen’s political affairs as a freelance journalist. Nasser’s work has appeared in outlets including Al-Jazeera English, CNN and Middle East Eye. Her work can also be found on her blog.