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Edward Snowden wins Winston Award

Awarded on 16 December 2014

Edward Snowden has been given this year’s Winston award by Dutch NGO Bits of Freedom “for his contribution to promoting the right to privacy and his invaluable influence on the privacy debate.” The prize was awarded at the group’s annual Big Brother Awards in Amsterdam at which Edward Snowden spoke by video link.

In his comments, Edward Snowden referred to proposed Dutch legislation that would provide new expansive authorities for cable interception.

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Edward Snowden wins 2014 Ordfront Democracy Prize

Awarded on 15 November 2014

Sweden’s civic association Ordfront has awarded Edward Snowden its annual Democracy prize (Ordfronts Demokratipris).  Edward Snowden spoke by video link at the awards ceremony in Umeå alongside Glenn Greenwald, Brian Palmer of Uppsala University and Anna Wigenmark of the Ordfront board.

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Edward Snowden wins Stuttgart Peace Prize

Awarded on 23 November 2014

Edward Snowden was awarded the twelfth Stuttgart Peace Prize at a ceremony on 23 November 2014. In a short acceptance speech broadcast live from Moscow, Edward Snowden said “If we want to live in a free society, we must defend our rights,” and that “government and society are built on trust.”

The Prize is awarded annually by German NGO Die AnStifter (The Instigators) for contributions to peace, justice and solidarity. All those who donate to the organisation eligible to vote on the winner of the prize.

Edward Snowden awarded Carl von Ossietzky medal

Announced on 14 October 2014, Awarded on 14 December 2014

Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald have been announced as the recipients of the 2014 Carl von Ossietzky medal. The Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, founded in 1914, awards the prize at least once every two years to “people or groups who stand out for their exceptional courage and commitment to the realisation, defence and expansion of fundamental and human rights and peace.”

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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.”

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Edward Snowden awarded 2014 Berliner Award for Civic Courage

Announced on 5 May 2014, awarded on 22 June 2014

Edward Snowden has been named as the first recipient of the Berliner Prize for Civic Courage, which recognises his “courageous advocacy of democracy and civil rights.” Mr Snowden has said he is “very honoured” to have been chosen for the Prize, which was formally awarded at a public ceremony in Berlin on 22 June 2014, the day after his birthday. Courage Acting Director Sarah Harrison accepted the award on Mr Snowden’s behalf.

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