UK based magazine Index on Censorship announced this year’s winners of the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. Among the five categories, the Index Whistleblower Award was given to Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist who uncovered the forced abortions and sterilizations of women in Linyi City, Shandong province of China. He is currently serving a prison term of four years and three months due to the authorities’ ruthless attempts to silence him.

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Update (3-17-2007)