INTERNATIONAL

Jailed journalist wins award

New York: The Cuban journalist and poet, Razl Rivero, in jail since last April, was on Thursday awarded the annual Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO. The award is a tribute to Mr. Rivero's ``brave and longstanding commitment to independent reporting,'' UNESCO Director-General, Konchiro Matsuura, said. Mr. Rivero is serving a 20-year prison term after being found guilty of ``undermining'' Cuba's territorial integrity. He and 25 other journalists were given long jail terms in April 2003, after they were arrested as part of a crackdown on dissidents. Mr. Matsuura called on Cuba to free Mr. Rivero, who is reported to be suffering circulatory problems in the prison.

PTI