Iranian writer Mansour Koushan awarded Ossietzky medal
Source: Radio Zamaneh
Carl von Ossietzky medal, awarded annually to a writer
who champions human rights and freedom of speech, has been awarded to Iranian
writer and dramatist, Mansour Koushan.
Radio Zamaneh was informed that Koushan, who is currently the editor-in -chief
of "Jang-e Zaman" literary publication, will receive the medal on November 15 in
the House of Literature in Oslo.
Carl von Ossietzky was a German journalist and pacifist who blew the whistle on
secret rearmament of Germany under the Weimar Republic and was an outspoken
critic of the Nazi party.
Ossietzky was the editor of Weltbuhe which was banned after the Nazis came to
power in Germany. Ossietzky was arrested and sent to concentration camp where is
health was broken after three years of incarceration and torture which led to
his eventual death. He was rewarded the 1935 Nobel Prize for Peace after which
Hitler forbade Germans from accepting any Nobel Prize.
In the 1998, while the Islamic Republic oversaw what came to be called the chain
murders of writers and intellectuals in the country, Mansour Koushan, a
prominent member of the Iranian Writers Association, attended the fiftieth
anniversary of the international charter of Human Rights in Norway.
Koushan, who was editor of Takapoo publication at the time, had seen several of
his plays banned by the government.
In 2000, Koushan settled in south of Norway as writer in residence of the city
In the past years, he has staged several plays and founded the literary
publication, Jang-e Zaman.
He is the author of several novels, short stories, poetry collections and
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