FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2017

2017 Fellows

Selected from over 400 public nominations and a shortlist of 16, the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows exemplify courage in the face of censorship. Learn more about the fellowship.

2017 AWARDS GALA

The Awards were held at London’s Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

High-resolution images are available for download via Flickr.

2017 SHORTLIST

ARTS

for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression

Rapper Luaty Beirao, aka Ikonoklasto,
Luaty Beirao, Angola
Chinese cartoonist Rebel Pepper is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellow for Arts.
Rebel Pepper, China
Illustrator Fahmi Reza, Malaysia
Fahmi Reza, Malaysia
Two-tailed Dog Party, Hungary
Two-tailed Dog Party, Hungary

CAMPAIGNING

for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression

Supported by Doughty Street Chambers

Arcoiris, Honduras
Arcoiris, Honduras
Breaking the Silence, Israel
Breaking the Silence, Israel
Ildar Dadin is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellow for Campaigning
Ildar Dadin, Russia
Maati Monjib, Morocco
Maati Monjib, Morocco

DIGITAL ACTIVISM

for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information

Supported by Private Internet Access

Jensiat, Iran
Jensiat, Iran
Bill Marczak, Global
Bill Marczak, Global
Evan Mawarire Zimbabwe
Evan Mawarire Zimbabwe
Turkey Blocks is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellow for Digital Activism
Turkey Blocks, Turkey

JOURNALISM

for courageous, high-impact and determined journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression

Supported by CNN

Behrouz Boochani Manus Island, Papua New Guinea/Australia
Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island
Daptar, Dagestan
Daptar, Dagestan
KRIK, Serbia
KRIK, Serbia
Maldives Independent is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellow for Journalism
Maldives Independent, Maldives

2017 JUDGING PANEL

Noma Dumezweni
Actor
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Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Barrister
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Tina Brown
Journalist and editor
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Anab Jain
Tech entrepreneur
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Stephen Budd
Music manager
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Jodie Ginsberg
CEO, Index on Censorship
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Each year Index recruits an independent panel of judges – leading voices with diverse expertise across campaigning, journalism, the arts and human rights. 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. 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.

The Freedom of Expression Awards are open to 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. Nominees must have had a recognisable impact in the past 12 months.