Journalists in Iran Receive Henri Nannen Award
Published in German local daily newspaper “Kieler Nachrichten” on 22. April 2010
Source (German): http://www.kn-online.de/schleswig_holstein/aus_dem_land/148267-Henri-Nannen-Preis-an-Journalisten-im-Iran.html
English translation provided by @germantoenglish
Hamburg – This year’s renowned Henri Nannen Award of the Gruner+Jahr publishing house will be awarded to oppressed Iranian journalists for their actions to promote freedom of the press. According to a statement released by Gruner+Jahr on Wednesday, the journalist Maziar Bahari as a representative of his Iranian colleagues will accept the award on 7. May in Hamburg,
Many Iranian journalists are subjected to substantial repressions in their country for trying to provide truthful information about Iran. The current situation of the independent press in Iran is defined by illegal arrests and abductions of journalists by police and security forces, government surveillance of the media, violent encroachments and maltreatment.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that Iran is currently one of the biggest prisons for media professionals”, said Thomas Osterkorn, editor in chief of the weekly magazine “Stern”.
“Our recognition and sympathy is owed to our colleagues who are suffering from this regime but do not slacken their efforts to struggle for a free press.”