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What do an Uighur historian, an Egyptian sociologist, an Iranian journalist, an Afghan writer and a Cameroonian journalist have in common? They are the recent winners of the 2002 PEN-Novib Awards, given in recognition of their brave efforts to resist censorship.

Announced by International PEN and Oxfam Netherlands (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Internationale Bijstand, NOVIB) on 13 December 2002, awards carrying cash prizes of US$2,500 went to Tohti Tunyaz, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Siamak Pourzand, Esmat Qaney and Philip Njaru.

The wife of Siamak Pourzand, Mehrangize Kar, accepted the awards on behalf of the winners.

The PEN-NOVIB Awards are underwritten by the PEN Emergency Fund and NOVIB and awarded each year to five individuals whose writings have led to political persecution in their country or have forced them into exile.

Visit these links for information on each winner:

- Tohti Tunyaz:

- Saad Eddin Ibrahim:

- Siamak Pourzand:

- Esmat Qaney:

- Philip Njaru:

For information on the PEN Emergency Fund, see:

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