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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Babitsky Awarded

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Thursday its annual Prize for Journalism and Democracy would go to Andrei Babitsky, who was recently released from captivity after covering the war in Chechnya.

The Radio Liberty correspondent "has been one of the very few critical voices commenting on the situation and recent developments in the region," the OSCE's parliamentary assembly said in its citation. "Babitsky's reporting on the conflict in Chechnya has been widely recognized for its objectivity and fairness."

He "reported on the conflict in Chechnya with complete disregard for his personal safety," the Copenhagen-based organization said. The $20,000 prize is given to reporters or organizations that have helped develop principles of human rights and democracy.