Index on Censorship Award winners 2003
These are the winners of the 2003 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards
01 Mar 03

Most Courageous Defence of Free Expression

Hashem Aghajari is an Iranian dissident who was sentenced to death in 2002 for blasphemy after he spoke out in public not to ‘blindly follow’ Islamic clerics. After international protests his sentence was reduced to life in prison. He was freed on bail on 31 July 2004.

Best Circumvention of Censorship

The Satellite news station Al-Jazeera was honoured for providing news and images that the Western media ignored or deemed inappropriate.

International Whistleblower of the Year

Tony Kevin, who was working for the Australian Foreign Service for 30 years, became famous for exposing the Australian navy’s role in the death of several hundred refugees following the sinking of the SIEV-X (Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel) in 2001.

Outstanding Commitment to Journalistic Integrity

Fergal Keane is an international recognised journalist who has reported from some of the world’s major trouble spots from Northern Ireland to Rwanda and is known for his hard-hitting and often moving reports. He was awarded for his coverage of Zimbabwe and his work in general.

Award for Services to Censorship

Jonathan Moyo, in his position as Minister for Information and Publicity of Zimbabwe, was awarded with this ironic award for stifling the media and suppressing free expression.