published: 06.02.2014, 19:31 | updated: 06.02.2014 19:44:25
Prague - Czech writer and dissident Ivan Klima and political writer Jiri Penas became the laureates of the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize for 2013, organisers told journalists today.
The prize that carries the name of outstanding Czech journalists and political writer Ferdinand Peroutka is to enhance the prestige of journalistic profession and to highlight the personalities who follow Peroutka's example.
The Ferdinand Peroutka Prize was established in 1995 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ferdinand Peroutka (1895-1978), an important journalist during the interwar period who emigrated under the communists and later worked for Radio Free Europe.
Born in 1931, Klima, who is of Jewish origin, spent three and a half years in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp during World War Two.
Under the Communist regime, he wrote for various reform-minded papers, including Literarni noviny (Literary Paper).
After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Klima became a dissident and his novels could only appear abroad, including the Czech-language Sixty-Eight Publishers in Toronto.
After the 1989 overthrow of the Communist regime, Klima returned to the journalistic profession.
In 2002, he received the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and in 2003, the Prize of Society for Sciences and Art.
Penas is one of the most outstanding and most original political writers of the day, organiser Jan Drazan wrote in his assessment.
Penas is from the generation of the authors formed by the overthrow of the 1989 Communist regime, he added.
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