FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2017

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 are offered in four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Digital Activism and Journalism
  • Anyone who has had a demonstrable impact in tackling censorship is eligible
  • Winners are honoured at a gala celebration in London at the Unicorn Theatre
  • Winners join Index’s Awards Fellowship programme and receive dedicated training and support

Arts

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

Campaigning

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

Digital Activism

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

Journalism

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

TIMELINE

12 SEP – 11 OCT 2016

NOMINATIONS

13 DEC 2016

JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED

7 FEB 2017

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

17 – 24 APR 2017

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP WEEK

19 APR 2017

AWARDS GALA

APR 2017 – MAR 2018

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP

The Index Awards Fellowship

In recognising individuals and organisations, often working in dangerous and difficult conditions, Index makes a commitment to them. Through a year-long fellowship we work with our awards winners – both during an intensive week in London, and the rest of the awarding year – to provide longer term, structured assistance to enhance the work they are already doing. Find out more

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 2017 judging panel:

Noma Dumezweni
Actor
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Caiolfhionn Gallagher
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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GALA

The 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards will be held at London’s Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday 19 March 2017.