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Edward Snowden wins 2015 Bjørnson Prize

In the week that Edward Snowden’s disclosures prompted the first rollback of US surveillance powers since the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978, the NSA whistleblower has been announced as the winner of Norway’s prestigious Bjørnson Prize.

The Prize is awarded annually by The Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Academy – Norway’s Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression – for particularly important acts of cultural expression. The Academy wrote to Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg to request that Edward Snowden be given free passage in order to receive the award in person on 5 September. In the event, he accepted the award by videolink.