BIER WINS JOURNALISM AWARD
In June, Cato’s David Bier won “Best Activism Journalism” at the Southern California Journalism Awards for his May 2017 Reason magazine piece, “Why the Wall Won’t Work: The Legal, Practical, Economic, and Moral Case against Trump’s Border Barrier.” The judges called his piece “a thorough, brick‐by‐brick explanation why the Trump wall won’t work.”
MUSTAFA AKYOL JOINS CATO
Turkish journalist and author Mustafa Akyol joined the Cato Institute as a senior fellow in June. A regular contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, Akyol also writes regularly for Turkish publications such as the Hürriyet Daily News and for the Middle East–focused Al-Monitor.com. Akyol is the author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, praised by the Financial Times as “a forthright and elegant Muslim defense of freedom.” His book has been published in multiple languages but was banned in Malaysia after Akyol was arrested by the country’s “religious police” for delivering a lecture on religious freedom.