FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS 2018

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 May Fair Hotel
  • Winners join Index’s Awards Fellowship programme and receive dedicated training and support

TIMELINE

21 AUG – 8 OCT 2017

NOMINATIONS

12 DEC 2017

JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED

LATE JAN 2018

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

16 – 20 APR 2018

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP WEEK

19 APR 2018

AWARDS GALA

APR 2018 – MAR 2019

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP

JUDGING

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 2018 judging panel will be announced in December 2017.

THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARDS FELLOWSHIP

The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship is open to any individual or organisation 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.

We offer Fellowships in four categories:

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

SPONSORS

The Freedom of Expression Awards and Fellowship have massive impact. You can help by sponsoring or supporting a fellowship.

Index is grateful to those who are supporting the 2018 Awards:

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If you are interested in sponsorship you can contact [email protected]