Date: 12th October 2009
Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg has received an honour for his artistic and humanitarian work at a ceremony in Philadelphia.
Former US President Bill Clinton presented the 62-year-old film-maker with the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center.
Spielberg was praised for "inspiring millions to better understand the abiding call of liberty".
Mr Clinton said: "We honour a man today who has always been able to make a simple story and make it scary, make a simple story and make it interesting, and make a simple story and remind us of the greatness in us all."
Spielberg won Oscars for Holocaust drama Schindler's List in 1994 and the World War II epic Saving Private Ryan in 1999.
Source: Press Release