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Lale Gül receives the Pim Fortuyn Prize on the 20th anniversary of the name’s name | show

Writer Lale Gül is the winner of the Pim Fortuyn Prize. Jury chairman Simon Fortuyn announced this at the symposium ‘Tolerance versus freedom of expression’, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of his brother’s death. Politician Pim Fortuyn was murdered on May 6, 2002 at the Media Park in Hilversum.

The jury praises the Turkish-Dutch Gül (24) for her debut novel I’m going to live, in which she writes about the oppression she experienced growing up in a strict Islamic family. “That takes courage,” said the jury. “Few writers dare to criticize their own cultural and religious background.” After publication, Gül was inundated with hate messages and death threats from the Muslim quarter.

But, the jury said: ,,Lale is a fearless intellectual. She describes important themes such as freedom of choice for women and the disadvantage compared to men from her own experience and she does not shy away from the sometimes painful reality.”


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Lale is a fearless intellectual

Jury Pim Fortuyn Prize

The Pim Fortuyn Prize is awarded annually to opinion makers, administrators or politicians who, according to the organization, fight for free speech, dare to break through taboos and take a stand in the social debate. The prize consists of a challenge cup that will be awarded for the seventh time this year. Unlike usual, there were no other nominees this year.

Last year the prize went to TV presenter and columnist Fidan Ekiz. Gül was one of the nominees at the time. In addition to chairman Simon Fortuyn, the jury of the Pim Fortuyn Prize consists of JA21 faction leader Joost Eerdmans, professor and publicist Afshin Ellian and psychiatrist and columnist Esther van Fenema.

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