Pius Njawe was a famous journalist from Cameroon who won numerous awards for his work. He began his career at the La Gazette and Douala Express before he founded the nation's first independent news publication, Le Messager. He was only 22 years old. Le Messager was hated amongst the government, mostly by the President Paul Biya, and it caused Pius to get arrested close to 125 times, as well as the publication banned and seized. This didn't stop him from publishing, even when it was from another country when he was exiled, also writing a book about his experiences in prison that was published in 1998. After his wife's fatal car accident, he founded an organization to promote safer car conditions in the country of Cameroon. He died in a car accident himself in 2010 at the age of 53.
During his career, Pius won countless awards for his attempt to bring the truth to the people. In 1991, he was awarded the inaugural International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 1993, he was then awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom Award by the World Association of Newspapers. In 2000, he was named by the International Press Institute as one of Africa's "most courageous fighters for press freedom" and given one of the World Press Freedom Heroes awards.
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