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Daphne Caruana Galizia posthumously honoured by Swedish newspaper

Murdered journalist is 2017 Holme Award winner

A Swedish newspaper has honoured Daphne Caruana Galizia by posthumously awarding her an annual prize celebrating bravery and civilised values. 

In awarding her the 2017 Holme Award, Göteborgs Handels & Sjöfartstidning said the assassinated journalist had "given her life for the dignity of her profession and people" and remarked that she would be remembered for her "outstanding fight against the crooks of our contemporary world."

Previous winners of the award include Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova and NSA leaker Edward Snowden. 

The award is given to individuals on December 1 every year, marking the anniversary when civil rights activist Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white bus passenger. 

Named after a hero in a trilogy of books by Swedish author Jan Fridegård, the Holme Award is dedicated to people who stand up for human values, at great personal risk. 

READ: 'Electronic evidence' may link brothers to Caruana Galizia's murder

 

The prize consists of a diploma and a symbolic 10.000 Swedish Crowns (approximately €975) reward. 

Ms Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb explosion in mid-October. Police arrested 10 people in connection with the murder yesterday, following assistance from the FBI, Europol and Finnish National Bureau of Investigations. 

Göteborgs Handels & Sjöfartstidning is a newspaper founded in 19th century Sweden, which became one of a limited number of Swedish papers to openly defy the country's Nazi-accomodating government during World War II. 

 

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