Jailed Iranian journalist wins UNESCO World Press Freedom prize

An Iranian journalist imprisoned after the country's 2009 presidential election, has been chosen as this year's winner of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

ahmad-zeidabadi

Ahmad Zeidabadi is currently serving six years in prison in Iran, and will be banned for life from working as a journalist, after he was tried on charges of plotting to overthrow the Government.

Every year the award is made as part of World Press Freedom Day. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, says this year alone, sixty journalists have been killed around the world.

“Most of them are not journalists who are killed in a big conflict. Most of them are local journalists who denounce corruption or trafficking or some illegal activities. So this is, I think, the most disturbing phenomenon that we are witnessing.”

At least 26 other journalists are also still behind bars in the country.

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