FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2012

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 Innovation
  • There was a special award to mark Index’s 40th anniversary
  • Winners were honoured at a gala celebration in London at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

WINNERS

Idrak Abbasov
The Guardian Journalism Award
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Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Advocacy
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Ali Ferzat
Arts Award
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Freedom Fone
The Google Innovation Award
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Memorial Archive of St Petersburg
40th Anniversary 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 2012 were:

Mishal Husain
Broadcaster and journalist
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Peter Oborne
Chief political commentator
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Sami Ben Gharbia
Advocacy director
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Jeremy Browne MP
Minister for State
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Sigrid Rausing
Publisher
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GALLERY