Iva Drápalová refused to cooperate with the StB even after she was threatened. In 1968 she started working for AP’s bureau in Prague when, following the crushing of the Prague Spring, nobody else wanted the job. Initially she only agreed to help out as a translator for one week. Two years later she had become AP's Prague correspondent. After she retired in 1988 she was a translator at Velvet Revolution press conferences and later she worked as a consultant for the L.A. Times.
Iva Drápalová chose Štěpán Ripka as the recipient of the monetary part of her award. Štěpán Ripka is a social researcher and policy analyst who studies Roma communities, advises the Open Society Institute and the Czech Government he also chairs the Platform for Social Housing and pursues a PhD in social anthropology at Charles University in Prague.