Lukpan Akhmedyarov is a journalist, human rights activist and the 2012 laureate of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. As the editor-in-chief at Kazakhstan's Ouralskaïa Nedelia newspaper, his numerous investigative articles on human rights abuses and corruption have made him a well known figure in Kazakhstan and abroad. His work exposing the Kazakh government resulted in the firing of a three-star secret police general, several prosecutors and many state officials. As a consequence, he has faced government intimidation and lawsuits forcing him to pay huge fines for having "defamed the state". On April 2012, Mr. Akhmedyarov was violently attacked by unknown assailants. He received blows to the head and was stabbed eight times. Subsequent inquiries failed to identify the perpetrators of this murder attempt.