Turkish editor among winners of press freedom award

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An editor of a Turkish daily newspaper who was sentenced to nearly six years in prison after reporting allegations that Turkey sought to supply weapons to Syrian opposition groups is among the recipients of the 2016 International Press Freedom Awards.

Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, was sentenced in May on charges of revealing state secrets. He remains free pending appeal. He is one of four journalists recognized in the annual awards from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists which were announced Monday.

The other recipients include Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid; Oscar Martinez, an investigative reporter for a newsmagazine in El Salvador, and an Indian freelance journalist, Malini Subramaniam, who was attacked after reporting on the conflict between Maoist groups and state forces in central India.