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Edward Snowden receives 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award

Announced on 24 September 2014, awarded on 1 December 2014

Edward Snowden and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger have been named as joint winners  of the 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award. The awards, often referred to as the “alternative Nobel Prize” have been awarded every year since 1980 and recognise achivement in fields which do not have dedicated Nobel Prizes, but offer “practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.”

The citation for Edward Snowden’s award says he has been honoured “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.”

This year’s prize has proven controversial in some quarters. The Swedish Foreign Ministry refused to allow this year’s prize announcement to take place in its press room, reportedly due to disquiet over the choice of recipient for the Honorary Award.

While Edward Snowden’s Honorary Award does not include any prize money, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation has said it will make a contribution to the NSA whistleblower’s defence fund.

The Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on 1 December.