China: Award for dissident writer Hu Jia

English PEN is delighted that Chinese activist and dissident writer Hu Jia, who at present is serving a three-and a half prison sentence, has won the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Expression granted by the European Parliament.  


It has been reported that the Chinese authorities have criticized this award because it interferes in its internal affairs.


You can read the BBC report on the award by following this link:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7686026.stm

 

Background:
 

For more information on Hu Jia, please see previous English PEN bulletins:

Activist and dissident Hu Jia detained

Activist and dissident Hu Jia sentenced

Dissident writer Hu Jia’s health failing.

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/chinaawardfordissidentwriterhujia/

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