As George Orwell famously said:
“To be corrupted by totalitarianism one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.”
The recipient of the Sappho Award 2014 knows this better than anyone else. He doesn’t live in a totalitarian country, but he does live in a country with laws corrupted by soft totalitarianism.
In 2008, when he became a victim of this soft totalitarianism, he decided to embark on a one-man struggle to oppose it. And he prevailed.