What is the Sakharov Prize?

The Sakharov Prize, awarded to Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, is an honour awarded by the European Parliament.

Set up in 1988, it is designed to honour "exceptional" people who show courage in defending human rights and freedom of expression.

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Malala awarded EU prize

Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban in an assassination attempt, has been awarded the EU's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought.