(CBC) | February 19, 2010
A citizen video that captured the death of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan during the 2009 Iranian election protests has won a prestigious George Polk Award for Journalism.
It is the first winner in a new category for videography created by Long Island University, which bestows 13 George Polk Awards annually.
Shot by anonymous citizens and posted on the internet, it was sent to media outlets, allowing the world to witness the shooting death of the young woman amid protests against the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The judging panel acknowledged the courage of the videographers, whose work became a rallying point for opposition to the Iranian government. It is the first time the award has been given to work produced anonymously.