The 2009 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards: nominations now open
17 Dec 08

awardsThe Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards honour those battling censorship, or those bringing to light stories that would otherwise be forgotten.

To make nominations and for any further information email [email protected]

TR Fyvel Book Award
This award is given to a book that has given new insight into issues or events, shown a perspective not often acknowledged, or given a platform to new voices. The book should have been first published (or made available) between January 2008 and February 2009 inclusive.

Index on Censorship Film Award
This award is given for a feature-length film or documentary that highlights issues around censorship or freedom of expression, or for a film whose power derives from its subject matter and the risks taken making and/or releasing it. Broadly, for commercial releases to be eligible they must have had a UK premier in a cinema or on television, or a DVD released in the UK between January 2008 and February 2009 inclusive.

PLEASE NOTE: For the TR Fyvel Book Award and Index on Censorship Film Award 10 preview/review copies must be sent to our address: Freedom of Expression Awards, Index on Censorship, 6-8 Amwell Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 1UQ

Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award
This award is given to lawyers or campaigners who have fought repression, or have struggled to change political climates and perceptions. Special attention is given to people using or establishing legal precedents to fight injustice.

The Economist New Media Award
This new award seeks to recognise the use of computer or Internet technology to foster debate, argument or dissent. Nominations can also cover those who enhance online freedom through the use of new technologies.

The Index on Censorship Journalism Award
This award recognises journalism of dogged determination and bravery, often representing a different point of view in the media. Special attention will be given to the context of the writing and the relevance of the issues.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE 20th February 2009
To make nominations, or for any further information on the awards or the presentation event please contact:
[email protected] or call 020 7278 2313
The Freedom of Expression Awards 2009 will be held in a prestigious London venue, gathering heroes of free expression to a unique event.

Keynote Speaker: Sir David Hare
Host: Jonathan Dimbleby
Judges: Emily Bell, Shaheed Fatima, Martin Rynja, Arti Lukha (tbc), Mark Kermode
Special Address: Richard Sambrook, BBC World

To read about previous winners, click here