Reporters Without Borders has named "100 Information Heroes" ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
The organization published the 100 names Tuesday, the first list of its kind, to honor a wide range of journalists and bloggers who "constantly sacrifice their safety and sometimes their lives to their vocation." The list paid tribute to men and women ages 25-75 from 65 countries.
“These ‘information heroes’ are a source of inspiration to all men and men who aspire to freedom," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. "Without their determination and the determination of all those like them, it would be simply impossible to extend the domain of freedom."
The honored heroes included Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the two American journalists who brought to light the documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealing the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.
Other honorees included Le Ngoc Thanh, a Catholic priest who has been under constant police watch for his coverage of human rights abuses in Vietnam, Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish, who has been held for more than two years on terrorism charges by the Assad regime, and Hassan Ruvakuki, a correspondent for the Swahili service of Radio France Internationale who spent 15 months in Burundi prison.
"Courage is the common denominator," Reporters Without Borders said.