FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2007

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 were offered in five categories: Film, Journalism, Books, Law and Whistleblowing
  • Winners were honoured at a gala celebration in London at LSO St Luke’s
index on censorship awards 2007

WINNERS

Chen Guangcheng
Whistleblower
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Siphiwe Hlophe
Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award
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Kareem Amer
The Index / Hugo Young Journalism Award
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5 Days and Yoav Shamir
Index Film Award
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Being Arab by Samir Kassir
TR Fyvel Book Award
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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 judges for 2007 were:

Richard Sambrook
Journalist
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Dreda Say Mitchell
Novelist
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Mark Kermode
Film Critic
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Kenan Malik
Writer
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Conor Gearty
Professor and barrister
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Ursula Owen
Editor
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GALLERY