2016 Finalist - Zone 9 Bloggers - Ethiopia Zone 9 is a collective of nine independent Amharic language bloggers who aim “to create independent narratives” in the east African country of Ethiopia. Their moto is “We blog because we care”.
2016 Finalist - Ilham Tohti - China Ilham Tohti is a renowned Uyghur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China. For over two decades he has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.
2016 Finalist - Razan Zaitouneh - Syria Razan Zaitouneh is a prominent human rights lawyer, activist, and journalist in Syria. Razan has dedicated her life to defending political prisoners and documenting crimes against humanity.
The 2015 Martin Ennals Award Laureate and Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor was the target of a major cyber attack
On August 10 and 11, Ahmed Mansoor received text messages promising him new details of torture in the UAE’s state prisons if he clicked on the links. If Mansoor had followed the link, his phone would have been jailbroken and implanted with a spyware : "Once infected, Mansoor's phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his iPhone's camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements" reads Citizen Lab’s report.