Freedom Prize Awarded to Imprisoned Female Journalist
The United Nation’s Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded its $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize to Nigerian journalist Christina Anyanwu. Anyanwu has faced brutal conditions in prison for the past three years.
The former editor-in-chief of Nigeria’s The Sunday Magazine, Anyanwu “was arrested following the publication of an article about an attempted coup against the Nigerian government on March 1, 1995 and was condemned to life imprisonment by a special military tribunal in a trial held behind closed doors on July 4, 1995,” said a UNESCO spokesperson.
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