A prominent Belarusian journalist known for articles challenging her country's authoritarian government has won a major freedom-of-speech prize.
British playwright Tom Stoppard announced Monday while collecting the 2013 PEN Pinter Prize at the British Library in London that he shared this year's prize with Iryna Khalip, a correspondent for Russia's "Novaya gazeta" newspaper in Belarus.
Khalip was detained and beaten in December 2010 after demonstrating against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and alleged electoral fraud.
She later received a suspended two-year sentence for disrupting public order.
Stoppard told RFE/RL on Tuesday that it is an honor for him to share the prize with "a brave journalist."
The PEN/Pinter prize, established in 2009 in memory of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, is awarded jointly to a British writer and a "writer of courage" who has faced persecution.
with additional reporting by AP