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Azerbaijani Journalist Honored On World Press Freedom Day

Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla FatullayevAzerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev
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Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev
Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev
By RFE/RL
On World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO has awarded its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, who spent four years in prison on charges related to his work.

The UN cultural agency is highlighting this annual event aimed at celebrating media freedom by hosting a three-day conference in Tunisia, the country where the first Arab Spring protests took place.

The gathering will focus on the role of the media as a catalyst for change.

This year's World Press Freedom Day comes at a time when media watchdogs say independent journalism is increasingly under attack around the world.

Freedom House and the Committee to Protect Journalists both issued reports in the run-up to the May 3 commemoration warning of a dwindling number of free-press outlets and a rise in attacks on private media and Internet censorship.
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by: Cliff from: Ontario
May 03, 2012 16:20
A very important message to the authorities in Baku. The world is watching and assessing the terrible conditions journalists face in Azerbaijan and with this award the message is: you cannot get away with silencing whoever does not agree with you.

Another important consequence in honoring Eynulla Fatullayev is the credence he gains in unmasking the truth about the Khojalu massacres of innocent civilians and the Azeri involvment in that crime, a henious crime which Baku has used it as a propaganda weapon against the Armenians.

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