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RFE Armenian Service Reporters Receive 'Freedom Of Speech' Awards

Two correspondents of RFE's Armenian Service have won a prestigious "Freedom of Speech" journalism award by Asparez, an Armenian NGO dedicated to the protection of journalists' rights and freedom of speech.

Anush Martirosian was awarded for her reporting on legal action taken against arrested political opposition members. Satenik Kaghzvantsian received the award in recognition of her reports on critical social issues in Armenia, including problems in the education system, housing shortages, as well as emigration of the young Armenians to Russia.

The prizes were presented at a ceremony in Gyumri which was attended by a wide array of prominent public figures from across Armenia.

RFE's Armenian Service, Radio Azatutyun, continues to be one of the primary sources of independent news in Armenia, rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2010 Freedom Of The Press report. The station has received a number of noteworthy awards in recent years. These include: an award for their coverage of the achievements of women in political, economic and social spheres from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the British Council “Silver Microphone,” the “Best Radio Report” award from the United Nations Armenian Association, and the “Responsible Coverage” award from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Armenian Public Relations Association.