Nominations open for 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship
27 Jun 2018

Index on Censorship opens nominations for the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship

  • Awards Fellowship honours journalists, campaigners, digital activists and artists fighting censorship globally
  • Fellows receive a year-long package of assistance
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  • Nominations are open from 26 June to 24 September 2018
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Nominations for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship are open. Now in their 19th year, the awards honour some of the world’s most remarkable free expression heroes.

Previous winners include courageous Honduran investigative journalist Wendy Funes who uncovers corruption and covers the ongoing violations of women’s rights in the country, and anonymous Chinese digital activists GreatFire who have secured significant additional funding since their award, and musician and campaigner Smockey who was supported to rebuild his studio in Burkina Faso after it was burned down in a suspected arson attack.

The Awards Fellowship seeks to support activists at all levels and spans the world. Past winners includeSyrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Saudi investigative journalist Safa Al Ahmad and South African LGBTI photographer Zanele Muholi.

Index invites the general public, civil society organisations, non-profit groups and media organisations to nominate anyone (individuals or organisations) who they believe should be  celebrated and supported in their work tackling censorship worldwide.

We are offering four fellowships, one in each of the following categories:

  • Arts for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression, injustice and celebrates artistic free expression. This can include but is not limited to: visual artists, musicians, cartoonists, photographers, creative writers, poets or museums, whether solo or collectives.
  • Campaigning for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting free expression.
  • Digital Activism for innovative use of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information. This could include new apps, digital tools or software.
  • Journalism for high-impact journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression. This can also include bloggers.

As awards fellows, all winners receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support. The year commences with a week-long, all-expenses-paid residential in London (April 2019). Over the course of the year, Index works with the fellows to significantly enhance the impact and sustainability of their work.

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index, said: “The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship showcases and strengthens the ground-breaking work of groups and individuals to enhance freedom of expression around the world. Awards fellows often have to overcome immense obstacles and face great danger just for the right to express themselves. The Awards help the fellows to achieve their goals.”

“Use your voice by nominating a free expression champion – make sure their voice is heard.”

The 2019 awards shortlist will be announced in December 2018. The fellows will be selected by a high profile panel of judges and announced in London at a gala ceremony in April 2019.

For more information on the awards and fellowship, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)207 963 7262

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