Sunday, May 1, 2011

IRAN - Ahmad Zeidabadi crowned by UNESCO

Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi received April 7, the Prix World Press Freedom UNESCO / Guillermo Cano 2011, reports the Iranian-American webzine Tehran Office. Detained since the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009, this prize was awarded for "his commitment to freedom of expression, democracy and human rights." Zeidabadi was sentenced in November 2009 to five years imprisonment followed by five years of internal exile and a lifetime ban from practicing as a journalist.

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