Friday, April 11, 2008


Britain / Iran: British Press Awards honour Iranian journalist


Iranian journalist Emadoldin Baghi won the International Journalist of the Year Award - a newly created category - at the British Press Awards in London on 8 April. A leading advocate of the rights of prisoners of conscience, Baghi was himself sentenced to three years in prison on 31 July 2007 for “activities against national security” and “publicity on behalf of government opponents.” He was held in Tehran’s Evin prison for three months before being granted a provisional release because of heart problems. He was not able to travel to London to collect the prize.

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