Institusjonen Fritt Ord (The Freedom of Expression Foundation) of Oslo and the ZEIT Foundation of Hamburg have awarded the press prizes “Free Press of Russia” and “Free Press of Eastern Europe” for 2009 to four journalists and three newspapers from Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia and Georgia. The prizes are accompanied by a total of EUR 130 000.
Marianna Grigoryan from Armenia is among the winners of the four prizes for journalism.
Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance journalist based in Yerevan. She writes independently on topics relating to domestic and foreign policy alike. Her reports are analytical and offer fresh perspectives. She was nominated by Ruben Mangasaryan, editor-in-chief of National Geographic TravelerArmenia and director of the Patker Photo Agency. The award includes a cash prize of EUR 10 000.