Three Iranian female journalists have been awarded the UNESCO – Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for their commitment to reporting the truth and seeking accountability.
The award ceremony was held on 2 May 2023 in New York, USA.
Niloofar Hamedi, who works for the leading reformist daily newspaper Shargh and Elaheh Mohammadi, who works for reformist newspaper Ham-Mihan, reported about the death and funeral of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was being held by the morality police for wearing her headscarf too loosely. The news led to months-long protests across Iran.
Hamedi and Mohammadi were named as two of 100 Most Influential People of 2023 by the Time Magazine. Both have been detained in the Evin Prison in Iran since September 2022.
Narges Mohammadi, a prominent journalist and activist, was also awarded for her work in the field of press freedom. She is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence in Evin Prison and is reporting from prison and published interviews with other women prisoners in her book “White Torture”.
The UNESCO prize is named after Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in 1986.
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