Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, who is currently serving a
six-year prison sentence, was honoured during a ceremony at the opening of the
World Editors Forum in Hamburg, Germany, for "his courageous
actions in the face of persecution and for his outstanding contribution to the
defence and promotion of press freedom."
Mr Zeid-Abadi was among at least 110
journalists arrested following the disputed re-election of Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. At least 23 remain behind bars, about a fifth
of all journalists imprisoned worldwide.