3 imprisoned Iranian female journalists win UNESCO award

Three Iranian women journalists detained in Iranian state prisons have won the 2023 UNESCO World Press Freedom Award.

According to the Iran International website, the Iranian women journalists who won the UNESCO World Prize for Freedom of the Press 2023, Guillermo Cano, are (Niloofar Hamedi, Elaheh Mohammadi, and Narges Mohammadi).

"We are committed to honoring the brave work of Iranian female journalists whose reporting led to a historical women-led revolution," the Chair of the International Jury of media professionals Zainab Salbi said.

"They paid a hefty price for their commitment to report on and convey the truth. And for that, we are committed to honoring them and ensuring their voices will continue to echo worldwide until they are safe and free," Salbi added.

Referring to the threats against women journalists, the Director-General of UNESCO praised these journalists for their commitment to truth and accountability, according to the website.

It should be noted that Elaheh Mohammadi, correspondent for "Ham-Mihan" newspaper, and Niloofar Hamedi, correspondent for "Sharq" newspaper, had published reports on the killing of the Kurdish young woman, Gina Amini, and her funeral, and they were captured in the first wave of arrests in the popular uprising, late September and early October of last year.

On April 26, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary announced the issuance of an indictment against Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, under the pretext of "collaboration with the hostile US government."

On October 28, 2022, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and the IRGC Intelligence issued a joint statement accusing Niloofar  and Elaheh of "sending biased news, instigating Gina Amini's relatives, and publishing some footage about her funeral."

Narges Mohammadi has also been serving her sentence, which amounts to 9 years and 8 months, in Evin Prison since 2021. Last week, Narges Mohammadi's Instagram page stated that the Evin Prison Office informed the political prisoner of eight new charges in a new judicial file.

According to this report, Narges Mohammadi was summoned to the Evin Prosecution Office, but she refused to go to the Prosecution Office.

During the popular uprising in Rojhelat (East Kurdistan) and Iran, the political prisoner had expressed her position against the oppression and torture practiced by the Iranian state against demonstrators in prisons.

In her article, last March, in response to the Iranian Foreign Minister's denial of assaulting and raping women in prisons, Narges Mohammadi mentioned various examples of "sexual and psychological abuse and physical torture against women, and declared her willingness to testify in this regard.



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