WASHINGTON - A Sudanese journalist imprisoned for defying the regime of President Omar al-Bashir and speaking out on human rights abuses has been named the recipient of the Peter Mackler Award. Faisal Salih, 52, won the 2013 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, Global Media Forum and the US branch of Reporters Without Borders announced Thursday. Salih is an experienced journalist and columnist for various Sudanese publications. He is also director of programs at Teeba Press, a non-governmental organization that trains journalists in Sudan.

 He was formerly the editor in chief of Al-Adwaa Daily and a columnist for several other publications.