Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards celebrate those who have had significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world. There are four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Journalism and the Trustee award. Winners are honoured at a gala celebration in London and receive dedicated training and support.

Comedian Nish Kumar hosts the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards (Photo: Elina Kansikas for Index on Censorship)

"The Freedom of Expression Awards are a chance to recognise the astonishing work being done in extraordinary circumstances by artists, journalists, and campaigners around the world. Through exercising the simple right that we take for granted - the right to freely express themselves - they risk everything. The Freedom of Expression Awards bring their stories to light, recognise their courageous actions, and underscore how important it is to protect freedom of expression. We have some truly fantastic nominees this year, and I very much look forward to sharing their stories with you."

Ruth Anderson

CEO, Index on Censorship


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Statement: Iranian dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi sentenced to death

Index on Censorship has issued a joint statement with ARC and PEN America condemning a decision by an Iranian revolutionary court

Joint letter to mark 1000 days of hunger strike by Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace

Index has joined with more than 25 other human rights organisations to call for the release of the Bahraini human rights activist

Index reiterates our urgent call for Assange to be freed

The final stage of Assange's UK appeal begins today. The international community must unite in their support to free him

The international community must resist Hong Kong’s attempts to threaten human rights across the globe using the National Security Law

Eight pro-democracy activists living in exile in the UK, USA and Australia, including Nathan Law (pictured), are the subject of arrest warrants and rewards for information leading to their capture

Media outlets excluded from UK Home Secretary’s trip to Rwanda

Index raises second Council of Europe alert over exclusion of journalists seen as critical of Government's immigration policy

The UK Government must honour its pledge to resettle Afghans at-risk

The number of Afghan journalists and media workers who are in imminent danger remains incredibly high, inside the country and beyond

UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition welcomes end of Realtid case

Index and other coalition members continue to call for urgent action to be taken against SLAPPs after settlement of case against Swedish business publication

UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition reiterates its support for Carole Cadwalladr

Index joins other members of the coalition in welcoming court’s dismissal of majority of appeal in legal action against journalist in Arron Banks case

Belarus: Free Andrei and Irina now

Index on Censorship and ARTICLE 19 call for charges against human rights defenders to be dropped

Letter to Justice Secretary: Adoption of a UK Anti-SLAPP Law

Editors, journalists, lawyers and academics write to Dominic Raab to express support for the Model UK Anti-SLAPP Law launched by the UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition

Italy: a call in support of Roberto Saviano

The Italian writer is facing a lawsuit for aggravated defamation initiated by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni


Urgent appeal filed with United Nations for Iranian rapper sentenced to death for his music

Toomaj Salehi, who was beaten and tortured in jail, has just 20 days to appeal charges of "corruption on Earth"

Statement: Iranian dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi sentenced to death

Index on Censorship has issued a joint statement with ARC and PEN America condemning a decision by an Iranian revolutionary court

The death penalty is the new normal in Iran

Our weekly newsletter leads on the announcement of a sentence we all feared for rapper Toomaj Salehi

Vladimir Kara-Murza: The family man who has spent two years in prison

Campaigner Bill Browder calls the jailed Putin critic "the type of person that our world needs the most"

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