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Oksana Chelysheva receiving the 2014 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Free Expression Award at The Hague. Hans Paul Alting von Geusau/Oxfam Novib.

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee, the PEN Emergency Fund and Oxfam Novib each year give the Oxfam Novib/PEN International Free Expression Award to writers who continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution.

The award is given in recognitions of writers’ significant contribution to freedom of expression around the world and as a distinctions to writers and journalists committed to free speech despite the danger to their own lives.

PEN International campaigns on behalf of courageous writers at risk and this award, in partnership with Oxfam Novib and the PEN Emergency Fund, is an important way of highlighting the challenges to freedom of expression and the bravery of individuals who speak up, particularly at a time when so much of freedom of expression is under threat worldwide.’ -Laura McVeigh, former Executive Director, PEN International.

Recipients

2014

Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim (Somalia), freelance journalist
Oksana Chelysheva (Russia), journalist, activist
Dina Meza (Honduras), journalist, activist

To read PEN’s announcement of the 2014 winners click here.

2013

Samar Yazbek (Syria), writer and journalist
Enoh Meyomesse (Cameroon) writer, activist
Nargess Mohammadi (Iran), journalist activist
Deo Namujimbo (Congo), journalist
Busra Ersanli (Turkey), writer, academic

To read PEN’s announcement of the 2013 winners click here.

2012

Asieh Amini (Iran), journalist, blogger and activist
Jesús Lemus Barajas (Mexico), journalist and writer
Mikhail Bekhetof (Russia), journalist
Rachid Nini (Morocco), newspaper editor
Alhaj Warrag and Abdul Moniem Suleman (Sudan), newspaper founder/editor; and columnist (respectively)

2011

Andrei Nekrasov (Russia), film and journalist
Sakit Zahidov (Azerbaijan), journalist and poet
Nedim Şener (Turkey), journalist
J.S. Tissainayagam (Sri Lanka), journalist

2009

Chi Dang (Vietnam), writer
Maziar Bahari (Iranian-Canadian), journalist
Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), writer
Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge (Sri Lanka), journalist
Daniel Coronell (Colombia), columnist

2008

Dejan Anastasijevic (Serbia), journalist
Pierre Roger Lambo Sanjo (Cameroon), writer
Christopher Mlalazi and Raisedon Baya (Zimbabwe), playwrights
Maung Thura and Saw Wei (Burma), poets

2007

Fatou Jaw Manneh (Gambia), journalist
Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus), writer
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (Mexico), writer
Ekbal Baraka Ekbal (Egypt)

2006

Simon Mol (Poland), journalist
Andrei Dynko (Belarus)
Roya Toloui (Iran/Kurdistan)
Faraj Bayrakdar (Syria)
Hrant Dink (Turkey)

2005

Sihem Bensedrine (Tunisia), journalist and human rights activist
Neziha Rejiba (Turkey), journalist and editor
Sarah Mkhonza (Swaziland), novelist and columnist
Claudia Anthony (Sierra Leone), journalist and editor
Duong Thu Huong (Vietnam), novelist