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Freedom of speech prize to Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis

By dpa news     Oct 16, 2007 in Entertainment
Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Asbar) was Tuesday awarded the Norwegian Bjornson prize for his contributions to "renew poetry" as a literary genre.
The prize, worth 100,000 kroner (18,500 dollars), is awarded by the Bjornson Academy, established in 2003 to protect freedom of expression.
Members include researchers from Norway and other countries as well as authors, journalists and politicians, including former Norwegian prime ministers, Kare Willoch and Kjell Magne Bondevik.
The prize was named after Norwegian poet, author and dramatist Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1832-1910).
Adonis has for several years been mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Previous winners of the Bjornson prize were Vivian Fouad and Samir Morcos from Egypt for their efforts to promote ties between Muslims and Christians, Esma Redzepova from Macedonia, who has championed the rights of the Roma people, and the late Hrant Dink who highlighted massacres of the Armenian minority by Ottoman Turks in 1915. dpa lsm bve
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