The New York Times
By THOMAS ERDBRINK
Published: October 26, 2012
TEHRAN — The European Union gave its most prestigious human rights award on Friday to two convicted Iranian activists, Nasrin Sotoudeh, an imprisoned lawyer, and Jafar Panahi, a fomerly imprisoned filmmaker.
The award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which has previously gone to international figures like Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, comes at a time of deepening tensions (...)