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Uthayan newspaper wins press freedom award

Reporters without Borders (RSF), 'Le Monde' and 'TV5Monde' have awarded the 2013 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize to the imprisoned Uzbek journalist, Muhammad Bekjanov, and the Sri Lankan Tamil language newspaper 'Uthayan' which is published from Jaffna.

The winners were announced during a ceremony at the Strasbourg City Hall in eastern France where the awards were presented to 'Uthayan' editor Vallipuram Kaanamylnaathan and owner Eswarapatham Saravanapavan. Uzbek human rights defender, Nadejda Atayeva accepted the award on behalf of Muhammad Bekjanov, who has been in prison for the past 14 years.

Uthayan, a daily newspaper based in Jaffna is the one of the country's few Tamil language media publications and the only one to have kept going throughout the 1983-2009 war between the Tamil Tiger separatists and the Sri Lankan Army.

RSF has been awarding an international prize to a journalist and a news organization every year since 1992. In partnership with 'Le Monde' and 'TV5Monde', seeking to encourage, support and publicize the work of journalists and media that have contributed significantly to the defense or promotion of media freedom.

RSF together with 'Le Monde' and 'TV5Monde' also paid tribute to the other nominees for the 2013 prize: