PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award

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The PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award honours writers anywhere in the world who have fought courageously in the face of adversity for the right to freedom of expression.[1]

Established in 1987, the award is administered by PEN American Center and underwritten by PEN trustee Barbara Goldsmith. Awards have been granted to 42 writers from around the world. Of the 38 award winners who were in prison at the time they were honoured, 35 have subsequently been released.

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN in over 145 PEN centres around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the "major" American literary prizes.[2]

Recipients[edit]

2014
- Ilham Tohti, Uyghur Scholar [3][4]
2013
- Ayşe Berktay, a translator, writer, and activist in Turkey [5][6]
2012
- Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia[7]
2011
- Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iran
2010
- Nay Phone Latt, Burma
2009
- Liu Xiaobo, China
2008
- Yang Tongyun, China
2007
- Normando Hernández González, Cuba
2006
- Mohammad Benchicou, Algeria
- Rakhim Esenov, Turkmenistan
2005
- Deyda Hydara, Gambia
- Ali Al-Domaini, Saudi Arabia
2004
- Nasser Zarafshan, Iran
- Lê Chi Quang, Vietnam
2003
- Zouhair Yahyaoui, Tunisia
- Bernardo Arévalo Padrón, Cuba
2002
- Aung Myint, Myanmar (Burma)
- Tohti Tunyaz, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
2001
- Shahla Lahiji, Iran
- Mamadali Mahmudov, Uzbekistan
2000
- Flora Brovina, Kosovo
- Xue Deyun, China
1999
- Faraj Ahmad Birqdar, Syria
- Esber Yagmurdereli, Turkey
1998
- Ogaga Ifowodo, Nigeria
- Liu Jingsheng, China
1997
- Godwin Agbroko, Nigeria
- Ayse Nur Zarakolu, Turkey
1996
- Ma Thida, Myanmar (Burma)
- Anonymous, Africa
1995
- San San Nweh, Myanmar (Burma)
- Indamiro Restano Díaz, Cuba
1994
- Edip Polat, Turkey
- Doan Viet Hoat, Vietnam
1993
- Zoran Mutic, Bosnia
- Svetlana Slapsak, Serbia
- Nizar Nayouf, Syria
1992
- Thiagarajah Selvanithy ("Selvi"), Sri Lanka
- Jean Mario Paul, Haiti
1991
- Abraham Serfaty, Morocco
- Francisco Valencia, El Salvador
1990
- Jack Mapanje, Malawi
- Bei Dao, China
1989
- Nguyen Chi Thien, Vietnam
- Martha Kumsa, Ethiopia
1988
- Maina wa Kinyatti, Kenya
- Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia
1987
- Matsemela Manaka, South Africa
- Nizametdin Akhmetov, Soviet Union

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Freedom to Write". Barbara Goldsmith. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Alfred Bendixen (2005). "Literary Prizes and Awards". The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 689. 
  3. ^ "China angered as detained Uighur academic wins rights prize". Reuters. Apr 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tohti to Receive PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award". Publishers Weekly. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top PEN Prize to jailed Turkish translator, writer and activist Ayşe Berktay". European Council of Literary Translators' Associations. April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jailed Translator Receives PEN Prize". Bianet. 16 April 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Spielmann, Peter James (2012-05-02). "PEN honors jailed Ethiopian journalist". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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