The Nominees 2014










Abdulelah Haider Shaye



Smeared as an Al Qaeda supporter, Abdul-Elah Haider Shaye was held in a Yemeni jail for three years at the request of the American government. Shaye had produced critical investigative reports on the US military’s activities in Yemen. He remained steadfast in his commitment to journalism and free speech throughout his imprisonment.

• Yemen Post – Abdulelah Haider Shaye speaks of injustice
• Index on Censorship – Will Obama keep Yemeni journalist in jail?

Award Winner Azadliq



One of the few remaining independent media outlets in Azerbaijan, Azadliq has continued to report on government corruption and cronyism in spite of increasing pressures and a financial squeeze enforced by the authorities.

•Civil Rights Defenders – Call for international solidarity with Azadliq
•Index on Censorship – Azerbaijan’s leading newspaper in danger


Callum Macrae/Channel 4 News

Documentary Maker

Sri Lanka

Callum Macrae and the Channel 4 News Team’s uncovering of the truth about Sri Lanka’s human rights abuses shocked the world. As attention turned to Sri Lanka in 2013 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, the chilling documentary No Fire Zone was shown on British television. The film uses footage shot by victims and soldiers to tell the story of the brutal 138-day final offensive that ended Sri Lanka’s civil war and the government’s attempt to cover it up.

•The Guardian – Sri Lanka: Slaughter in the no fire zone
•Channel 4 News – You have until March: Cameron issues deadline

Dina Meza

Journalist and Campaigner


Dina Meza has been Honduras’s leading free speech defender in the past decade, working for the Committee of Relatives of the Detainees and Disappeared – at least 28 journalists have been murdered in Honduras since June 2009. Meza has been subjected to threats of sexual violence because of her work. After leaving Honduras to take up a Protective Fellowship at the University of York, she returned in summer 2013, since when she has reported being followed and having her phones tapped.

•Index on Censorship Magazine – Not Heard: Reign of Terror
•The Independent – In Honduras, they come after your family too



Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras



American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras uncovered the biggest international story of 2013, using leaks from the USA’s National Security Agency to illuminate the breadth of online surveillance carried out by governments.

•The Advocate – Enemy of the State
•New York Times – How Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets