FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2008

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 New Media
  • Winners were honoured at a gala celebration in London at Christ Church Spitalfields
Index on Censorship Awards 2008, Christchurch Spitalfields, London

WINNERS

Wikileaks
The Economist New Media Award
Close
U Gambira
Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award
Close
Arat Dink and Agos Magazine
Guardian Journalism Award
Close
Ahlaam and Mohamed Al-Daradji
Index Film Award
Close
The Art of Political Murder: Who killed Bishop Gerardi? By Francisco Goldman
TR Fyvel Book Award
Close

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 2008 were:

Richard Sambrook
Journalist
Close
Maureen Freely
Novelist
Close
Mark Kermode
Film Critic
Close
Lemn Sissay
Artist
Close
Peter Wright
Journalist
Close
Rabinder Singh QC
Barrister
Close

GALLERY

Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher

Head of Content at Index on Censorship

Sean was the Managing Editor Online at the Los Angeles Times and an early producer at The New York Times among other leading media outlets. He has expertise in web development, international editorial and social media. Sean leads Index’s news and online team in addition to contributing to coverage. He studied at Fordham University in New York.

Contact: [email protected] | public key
Sean Gallagher