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FREEDOM FORUM AWARDS $1 MILLION PRIZE TO BURMESE OPPOSITION LEADER

The US-based Freedom Forum has awarded Burmese opposition leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi its US$1-million "Free Spirit" prize in recognition of her pro-democracy efforts, reports the BBC. It is the first time in the prize's 10-year history that the organisation has awarded it to an individual.

"Aung San Suu Kyi was selected to receive the award for her free-spirited, non-violent struggle for human rights and democracy," Freedom Forum said. The foundation added that the money was a "personal gift" which "she is free to use... as she sees fit and in any way she wants to." The award will be formally presented on 20 March to Suu Kyi's son Alexander Aris, who will accept it on her behalf.

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- BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk


- Freedom Forum:
www.freedomforum.org


- Committee to Protect Journalists Report on Burma:
www.cpj.org


- Burma Media Association:
www.bma-online.net/


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