More than 70 journalists have been arrested in Iran since mid-September, when protests broke out nationwide following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the country’s morality police.
“Iranian authorities are trying to silence a critical moment in the country’s history, and in the process have made Iran among the world’s top jailers of journalists in an astonishingly short time,” said CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg.
At least 21 of those journalists have since been released on bail. CPJ is continuing to maintain an updated list of those jailed for their coverage of the protests, including journalists detained at the demonstrations themselves and those arrested weeks later in reprisal for their work.
CPJ has honored remarkable journalists from Cuba, Iraqi Kurdistan, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam with its 2022 press freedom awards. All have withstood immense challenges to bring the public independent reporting amid rampant disinformation and war.
This year’s recipients of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Awards are: Cuban freelance journalist Abraham Jiménez Enoa; Iraqi Kurdish freelance journalist Niyaz Abdullah; Sevgil Musaieva, editor-in-chief of Ukrainian independent newspaper Ukrainska Pravda; and Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence under a provision that bans making or spreading news against the state.
CPJ has also honored Galina Timchenko, editor of the independent Russian news website Meduza, with the 2022 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award. Timchenko fled Russia due to pressure from the authorities during the previous invasion of Ukraine in 2014. The Gwen Ifill award is presented annually by CPJ’s board of directors in recognition of extraordinary and sustained commitment to press freedom.
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