British poet and journalist James Fenton has won the Pen Pinter Prize, which celebrates champions of free speech.
Established in honour of playwright Harold Pinter, it is given to a writer who casts an "unflinching, unswerving" gaze upon the world.
The second winner - who will be chosen jointly by Fenton and English Pen - will be announced at the October ceremony.
Fenton, who held the chair of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1994-1999, has written several collections of poetry and opera librettos.
As a former war correspondent, many of his poems deal with the experience of war and its impact.
One of Fenton's most acclaimed works, 1982's The Memory of War, is a collection of poems that drew on his time as a reporter in Vietnam and Cambodia in the 1970s.
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