FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2011

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 four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Journalism and New Media
  • There was a Special Commendation for Belarusian political prisoners
  • Winners were honoured at a gala celebration in London at the Royal Institute

WINNERS

Tunileaks
New Media Award
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Gao Zhisheng
Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award
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Ibrahim Eissa
The Guardian Journalism Award
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MF Husain
The Intelligent Life Arts Award
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Belarus’s prisoners of conscience
Special Commendation
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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 2011 were:

Gugulethu Moyo
Executive director of MLDI
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David Rowan
Editor of Wired UK
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Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Curator, critic and historian of art
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Lindsey Hilsum
Journalist, Channel 4 News
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GALLERY

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