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Snowden to accept award via video-link

Published söndag 30 november 2014 kl 18.13
Edward Snowden. Photo: AP Photo/The Guardian/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/TT
Edward Snowden. Photo: AP Photo/The Guardian/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/TT

On Monday is the award ceremony of the Right Livelihood Award, some times known as the alternative Nobel Prize. According to the organisers, the honorary laureate Edward Snowden will not be present at the ceremony in parliament, but he will take part via video-link.

The head of the Right Livelihood foundation, Ole von Uexkull thinks Sweden ought to do more for the American whistleblower, who is currently in Russia and cannot travel, since the US has cancelled his passport.

"it is not news that we give awards to people who are controversial in their home countried, because they criticise their own government. That is why is is such an important symbolic act that we can hand out the prize in the Swedish Parliament," Uexkull told Swedish Radio News.

When the foundation earlier this autumn was about to announce this year's laureates, the foreign Office said the announcement could not be made from the Foreign Office premises, which previously has been the case. The reason given was new security routines.

When Swedish Radio News asked the new government if they would have made the same call, Charlotta Ozaki-Macias, communication manager at the Foreign Office said security decisions have to be made on a case-by case basis.

So the new government does not think the security problems are there anymore?

"No, they don't think there are real reasons. But I still have to emphasise that when there are new organisations that want to use our premises, we will try them from case to case," she said.

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