13. Lydia Cacho
Lydia Cacho is somewhat like a real-life Hollywood inspired figure. She is a Mexican journalist and took on corrupt Mexican politicians and cartels – and guess what, she is winning! She recently exposed a gang that was involved in underage pornography and human/sex trafficking. Despite receiving death threats, she continues to standby women and children that are the victims of abuse.
— Lydia Cacho (@lydiacachosi) March 5, 2016
Amnesty International calls as the “Mexico’s most famous investigative journalist and women’s rights advocate”. She has won numerous awards, both nationally and internationally. Some of her most notable achievements are the Civil Courage Prize, the Wallenberg Medal, the Olof Palme Prize and the revered title “World Press Freedom Hero”.