Jonas Gardell named 'Swede of the Year'
The Local · 7 Dec 2012, 08:27
Published: 07 Dec 2012 08:27 GMT+01:00
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"Jonas Gardell effectively and painfully reminds us that human dignity is not a given, but needs to be constantly defended," the jury wrote in its statement.
"My goal was to break the silence about HIV and Aids and I am overwhelmed by the response," Gardell told news magazine Fokus, which organizes Swede of the Year.
Previous award winners include Masoud and Shahnaz Garakoei for standing up against blackmail attempts by a criminal gang and Sven-Erik Bucht who turned the town Haparanda around after years of population decrease.
Other recipients include the singer Robyn, refugee rights activist Anita Dorazio and net activist Christopher Kullenberg.