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Belarusian journalist shares PEN/Pinter free speech prize with playwright Tom Stoppard
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 7, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
A Belarusian journalist who has criticized her country's authoritarian government has won a major freedom-of-speech prize.
She was detained and beaten in December 2010 after demonstrating against President Alexander Lukashenko and alleged electoral fraud, and later convicted of disrupting public order.
The PEN/Pinter prize was established in 2009 in memory of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter. It goes jointly to a British writer and a "writer of courage" who has faced persecution.
Stoppard, who scripted Oscar-winner "Shakespeare in Love," is the author of plays such as "Arcadia" and "The Real Thing."
He said Monday, "I started off as a journalist and I'm proud to share the prize with a brave reporter."