Jailed Iranian journalist Goudarzi receives NPC award

By Rima Marrouch/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate on August 26, 2010 12:19 PM ET

Goudarzi (CHRR)

The National Press Club has announced the recipients of the 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award, which is given each year to individuals who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government. This year, the international recipient is Iranian blogger Kouhyar Goudarzi, who is being held in Tehran's Evin Prison--notorious for its torture of detainees. CPJ wrote earlier this month about a hunger strike in Evin in which several political prisoners, including at least five journalists, protested their inhumane treatment. Goudarzi was one of the protesters. Arrested in December 2009, Goudzari, a former editor of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, has been charged with heresy, propagating against the regime, and participating in illegal gatherings.


We really appreciate your recognition of the Iranian people's struggle against the tyrannical regime that does not represent the freedom loving majority in Iran.

At a time that our people face imprisonment, torture and even murder for merely asking for their freedom, such recognition provide a rare boost of morale.

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