On 21 of July 2019, CGDS Director Dr. Choman Hardi received Sorani Mama Hama Prize, given by Livin Magazine, for Freedom of Press. The other two 2019 recipients were Leyla Guven and Fariq Halabjayee. Soran Muhamad Aziz, also known as Sorani Mama Hama, was born in 1986 in Kirkuk. He was a student of Kirkuk’s Fine Arts Institution and Lvin Magazine’s head of the Kirkuk office. He was murdered at night on July 20, 2008 in front of his house.
Every year, Livin Magazine remembers him through the freedom of press prize which are granted to outstanding writers, politicians, journalists, activists and artists who defend free speech