Imprisoned Iranian activist wins Reporters Without Borders award for the second time
On Monday, Reporters Without Borders awarded the 2022 Shujaiyat Award to the Iranian human rights activist and journalist, Narges Mohammadi, imprisoned in Tehran.
In early May 2016, Reporters Without Borders awarded its award to “Narges Mohammadi” as “Media Hero of the Year 2016”.
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This award was given to “Mohammadi” because of her “efforts in cases of prisoners and their torture and her civil activism in recent years.”
Mohammadi’s twin children, who were separated from her many years ago and live in France, read her written message, from inside Evin prison, while chanting the slogan of the ongoing protests in Iran, “Woman is life, freedom.”
“As I write this letter, I am surrounded by more than 60 political prisoners, and my country is going through a popular uprising and government repression,” Mohammadi said in a letter read on her behalf at the award ceremony by her daughter.
The name of Mohammadi, a spokeswoman for the Iranian Center for Human Rights, was announced by Can Dundar, a journalist for the Turkish Republic newspaper.
Narges Mohammadi wrote the book “White Torture” in conversations with prisoners about solitary confinement, and this book was one of the topics discussed in this meeting.
The Reporters Without Borders 30th Annual Prize for Freedom of the Press was held in the presence of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov.
The award was also awarded to Ukrainian journalists Mstislav Chernov and Johan Maloltka for their influence.
Reporters Without Borders also cited Mstislav Chernov and Johan Maloltka as the only two journalists who covered the Ukrainian city of Mariupol during the three weeks of heavy bombing.
Reporters Without Borders stated in its statement that Narges Mohammadi, who has been repeatedly imprisoned for 12 years due to her struggle for freedom of the press and human rights, is a symbol of courage.
Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist and spokesperson for the Center for Human Rights Defenders, was arrested on April 23 of this year when security forces stormed her personal home.
She was returned to Qarchak and Ramin prisons to serve her sentence, and was eventually transferred to Evin, a maximum security prison north of Tehran.
She was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison and 154 lashes for her human rights activities in two separate cases.
Mohammadi is considered one of the most famous Iranian human rights activists, as she was subjected to a series of arrests, the most famous of which was in 2011, when a Revolutionary Guards court sentenced her to 12 years in prison, and this sentence was later reduced to 6 years.