FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2009

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 Kings Place
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WINNERS

Psiphon
The Economist New Media Award
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Malik Imtiaz Sarwar
Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award
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The Sunday Leader
Guardian Journalism Award
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The Devil Came on Horseback
Index Film Award
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Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
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 2009 were:

Shaheed Fatima
Barrister
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Emily Bell
Director of Digital Content, Guardian News and Media
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Mark Kermode
Film Critic
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Christina Lamb
Journalist
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Martin Rynja
Publishing Director, Gibson Square Books
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GALLERY