Human rights ambassador presents PEN award to Russian filmmaker and journalist

On Thursday 20 January, Dutch human rights ambassador Lionel Veer presented Russian filmmaker and journalist Andrei Nekrasov with the Oxfam Novib/PEN award. The ceremony took place at the Writers Unlimited Winternachten festival. The award is presented annually to writers and journalists who have been subjected to persecution or forced to flee.

Andrei Nekrasov’s work has focused intensively in recent years on Russian politics and human rights. His 2004 documentary ‘Disbelief’, about the 1999 terrorist attack in Moscow, won the Best Documentary prize at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The film was banned in Russia and Nekrasov received numerous threats.

The other three PEN award recipients were journalist and poet Sakit Zahidov from Azerbaijan, Turkish journalist Nedim Şener and Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam. They were unable to collect their awards in person.