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Film of Neda's Death Wins Top Journalism Prize

Anonymous Iranians get Polk Award for iconic footage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 4:30 AM CST

(Newser) – The anonymous Iranians who filmed and distributed footage of a protester's death last year have been awarded one of journalism's top prizes. Neda Soltan's death has become "an iconic image of the Iranian resistance," said the curator of the George Polk Awards. It's the first time the American award has honored work produced anonymously, reports the AP.

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"This award celebrates the fact that a brave bystander with a cell phone camera can use video-sharing and social networking sites to deliver news," the curator said. Other Polk winners announced today include David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who wrote a series detailing his kidnapping and imprisonment by the Taliban in Afghanistan. (Read more Neda stories.)

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