Freedom Blues

Jafar Panahi and Nasrin Sotoudeh, 2012 Award Winners

Weary of the election? Does a world without oppositional speech sound perfectly dreamy? Don't rush to give away your civil liberties just yet.

The 2012 Sakharov Freedom of Thought Award is a reminder of the human rights our fellow citizens of the world don't enjoy. Awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 and named after the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, the Prize honors those who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. Many of the previous award winners like Damas de Blanco do not receive mainstream press coverage like Pussy Riot, a finalist for the 2012 award. The Library can supplement what you read on the Internet about the award winners with online databases of magazines and newspapers. Also, take a look at the works by and about some of these award winners available at the Library:

I admit I often take my country, and all the freedoms I do enjoy as a citizen, for granted. This week, I am going to grumble less and wear my "I Voted" sticker proudly.

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