Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalists Rewarded with Grant
Azerbaijan, Baku, 24 April / corr. Trend M. Aliyev/ The famous U.S. Human Rights Watch has rewarded the imprisoned Azerbaijani journalists.
Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of Realni Azerbaijan and Gundalik Azerbaijan newspapers; Mirza Sakit, writer for Azadlig Daily; and Ganimed Zahidov, editor-in-chief of the same paper, were all awarded with Hellmann/Hammett grants on April 24, 2008 in recognition of their journalism, a report circulated by the organization stated on 24 April.
"We hope that this award will help raise the awareness of their imprisonment and the need for their unconditional and immediate release," said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director of Human Rights Watch.
The Hellman/Hammett grants, administered by Human Rights Watch, are given annually to writers who face political persecution for their work. The grant program began in 1989 when the American playwright Lillian Hellman willed her estate to be used to help writers who were victims of political persecution and as a result were in need of financial assistance. A committee of authors, editors and journalists select the candidates for the award. This year, there are 34 recipients of the award from 19 countries, including three from Azerbaijan.