Filmmaker Jafar Panahi
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Iran dissidents Sotoudeh and Panahi win Sakharov prize

The European Union's annual Sakharov prize has gone to two Iranians noted for their opposition to the government.

Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who represents opposition activists and is now in prison, and banned filmmaker Jafar Panahi who for two years has been living under house arrest were the joint winners.

The Sakharov Prize is awarded by the EU for dedication to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.

The panel said the pair had refused "to be bowed by fear and intimidation".

Will Gompertz reports.

  • 26 Oct 2012