Mehdi Hasan


Columnist, The Intercept. Host, Deconstructed podcast. Presenter, Al Jazeera English


 

Mehdi Hasan is a Columnist at The Intercept and Host of the podcast Deconstructed. Hasan is a Presenter for Al Jazeera English TV shows UpFront and Head to Head. We’ll be honoring him for his tenacity and courage in countering the myths and snowballing used by opponents of transparency, pluralism and democracy. He represents the best tradition of journalism by remaining steadfast and exposing lies disguised as talking points. 

Last month on MSNBC, Hasan spoke of media hypocrisy following the New Zealand mass shooting, claiming "A non-Muslim terrorist has to kill on average 7 people more than a Muslim terrorist to get equal coverage as a Muslim terrorist”. Hasan has been relentless in his interviews of Trump proxies, exposing Trump’s lies and previously took part in a debate at Oxford Union considering whether Islam is a peaceful religion. 

 

 

Perhaps, a voice at the back of my head suggests, I should throw in the towel and go find a less threatening, more civilized line of work. But that's what the trolls want. To silence Muslims; to deny a voice to a voiceless community. I shouldn't have to put up with this abuse. But I will. I have no plans to let the Islamophobes win.

Mehdi Hasan