Idrak Abbasov received the Tully Free Speech Award 2013 on Thursday, October 24, at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Idrak Abbasov is a prominent Azerbaijani journalist, famous his reports on government corruption. He works for several news organizations including British, Russian and Azerbaijani media.
Many times in his career, he endured violence, hostility and discrimination. In 2012 he was severely injured, and his family received threatening messages. No one was prosecuted for the attacks. Despite it all, he remains dedicated to truthful and objective reporting.
Unfortunately, his story is not unusual for Azerbaijan. Some of his colleagues are imprisoned, and a few are dead. Idrak told the students that he simply couldn’t stop reporting, knowing that his friends had suffered for independent journalism.
The event has gathered the SU students, faculty and general public, along with the local media representatives.
The Newshouse coverage of the event: http://www.thenewshouse.com/story/2013-tully-free-speech-award-winner-firsthand-reminder-value-free-speech
The Daily Orange coverage of the event: http://dailyorange.com/2013/10/journalist-to-receive-award-for-facing-adversity-2/
The social media recap of the event: http://storify.com/bcfought/azerbaijan-journalist-risks-life-to-report
Citrus TV Noticias (Spanish): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoUHVznHoLQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UU8HOUO8VD2a4UNRSZmGL_oA