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Celebrate the courage and creativity of some of the world’s greatest journalists, artists, campaigners and digital activists






Freedom of Expression Awards


Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards exist to celebrate individuals or groups who have had a significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world.

  • Awards are offered in four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Digital Activism and Journalism
  • Anyone who has had a demonstrable impact in tackling censorship is eligible
  • Winners are honoured at a gala celebration in London
  • Winners join Index’s Awards Fellowship programme and receive dedicated training and support



Categories




Arts

for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression

Digital Activism

for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information

Campaigning

for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression

Journalism

for courageous, high-impact and determined journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression



Music in Exile Fellowship

Relevant nominees are also eligible for the Music in Exile Fellowship, which supports musicians whose work is under threat.

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The Index Awards Fellowship


In recognising individuals and organisations, often working in dangerous and difficult conditions, Index makes a commitment to them. Through a year-long fellowship we work with our awards winners – both during an intensive week in London, and the rest of the awarding year – to provide longer term, structured assistance to enhance the work they are already doing.

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Nominations



Arts

for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression

Campaigning

for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression

Digital Activism

for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information

Journalism

for courageous, high impact and determined journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression



Read more about the Freedom of Expression Awards: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Turkish


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The shortlisted nominees will be announced on 17 January 2017. Stay up to date by subscribing to our weekly newsletter here.


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Judging


Criteria

Anyone involved in tackling free expression threats – either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or using digital techniques – is eligible for nomination.

Any individual, group or NGO can nominate or self-nominate. There is no cost to apply.

Judges look for courage, creativity and resilience. We shortlist on the basis of those who are deemed to be making the greatest impact in tackling censorship in their chosen area, with a particular focus on topics that are little covered or tackled by others.

Nominees must have had a recognisable impact in the past 12 months.

Where a judge comes from a nominee’s country, or where there is any other potential conflict of interest, the judge will abstain from voting in that category.

Panel

Each year Index recruits an independent panel of judges – leading world voices with diverse expertise across campaigning, journalism, the arts and human rights.

The 2017 judges will be announced in late autumn 2016.


2016 Fellows


Through the Index Awards Fellowship we work with our winners – both during an intensive week in London and the rest of the awarding year – to provide longer term, structured support.

The goal is to help winners maximise their impact, broaden their support and ensure they can continue to excel at fighting free expression threats on the ground.


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Arts – Murad Subay


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The 2016 Freedom of Expression Arts Award-winner is artist Murad Subay, who uses his country’s streets as a canvas to protest Yemen’s war, institutionalised corruption and forced “disappearings”.

Speech | Profile | Mural

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Campaigning – Bolo Bhi


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The 2016 Freedom of Expression Campaigning Award-winner Bolo Bhi are a digital campaigning group who have orchestrated an impressive ongoing fight against attempts to censor the internet in Pakistan.

Speech | Profile 

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Digital Activism – GreatFire


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The 2016 Freedom of Expression Digital Activism Award-winning GreatFire is at the forefront of the fight against China’s severe web censorship.

Speech | Profile 

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Journalism – Zaina Erhaim


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The 2016 Freedom of Expression Journalism Award-winning Zaina Erhaim is a Syrian who returned to her war-ravaged country and the city of Aleppo in 2013 to ensure those remaining were not forgotten.

Speech | Profile 

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Music in Exile – Serge Bambara


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The inaugural Music in Exile fellow is Burkinabe rapper and producer Serge Martin Bambara aka Smockey.

Speech | Profile 

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Awards Gala


Wednesday 19 April 2017.

The Unicorn Theatre, London


2016 Awards Gala



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#IndexAwards2016: Shazia Mirza, Farieha Aziz, Murad Subay, Jake Hanrahan, Zaina Erhaim, Nadia Latif, Jodie Ginsberg, Bindi Karia, Anthony House, James Rhodes, Martyn Ware, Kirsty Brimelow, Ziyad Marar (Photo: Elina Kansikas for Index on Censorship)

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