The award ceremony of the 2008 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was held at a plenary session of the European Parliament earlier today. Hu Jia was announced to be the winner of the prize about two months ago. While Hu is in prison, his wife Zeng Jinyan is under house arrest with her passport confiscated by the authorities so she cannot travel to Europe to receive the prize on Hu’s behalf. Nevertheless, Zeng sent a video message to the European Parliament and it was shown at the award ceremony. She also posted a written acceptance speech in Chinese and English on her blog.

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