The National Press Club has announced
the recipients of the 2010 John Aubuchon
Freedom of the Press Award, which is given each year to individuals who have contributed
to the cause of press freedom and open government. This year, the international
recipient is Iranian blogger Kouhyar Goudarzi, who is being held in Tehran's Evin
Prison--notorious for its torture of detainees. CPJ wrote
earlier this month about a hunger strike in Evin in which several political prisoners,
including at least five journalists, protested their inhumane treatment.
Goudarzi was one of the protesters. Arrested
in December 2009, Goudzari, a former editor of Committee
of Human Rights Reporters, has been charged with heresy,
propagating against the regime, and participating in illegal gatherings.