In 2012, writer and journalist Samar Yazbek was awarded the Swedish Tucholsky Prize, for her reports on the Syrian revolution. She was chosen for the PEN/Pinter Prize “International writer of courage” in the same year. The award was presented to Yazbek in recognition of her book A Woman in the Crossfire, based on her memoir during the early stages of the revolution. In 2013, she received the Oxfam Novib/PEN Award in the Netherlands. She also received the Democracy and Progress Prize from the Lebanese Cultural Forum in Paris, in recognition of her struggle along with other Syrian and Arab revolutionaries for freedom, dignity and democracy.