Show News April 7, 2011
Iranian Journalist To Receive 2011 World Press Freedom Prize

Imprisoned Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi has been named the recipient of this year's UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Zeidabadi was arrested along with dozens of Iranian journalists after Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009.

He is serving a six-year sentence for plotting to overthrow the government with a "soft revolution." He's also banned for life from practicing as a journalist...

At least 26 other journalists are also still behind bars. The media jury's president had this to say about Ahmad's win: "The final choice of Ahmad Zeidabadi pays a tribute to his exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression, democracy, human rights, tolerance, and humanity."

Beyond him, also the Prize will award the numerous Iranian journalists who are currently jailed."

The Director of UNESCO is calling for Ahmad's immediate release.

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