Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards celebrate those who have had significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world.

There are four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Journalism and the Trustee award. Winners are honoured at a gala celebration in London and receive financial support.


The panel of judges for the 2023 Freedom of Expression Awards was Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov, Executive Editor and Culture Editor of The Sunday Times Ben Preston, Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers, and Sir Trevor Phillips, the co-founder of the data analytics consultancy Webber Phillips and Index chair.

The 23rd Annual Freedom of Expression Awards were held on Thursday 19 October 2023 in London.

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The 2023 Freedom of Expression Awards winners were announced at a ceremony in London. This special event seeks to celebrate free expression activists and champions. Actor Colin Firth attended the ceremony and accepted the Trustee Award on behalf of Sir Salman Rushdie.

Comedian Nish Kumar hosts the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards (Photo: Elina Kansikas for Index on Censorship)

"The Freedom of Expression Awards are a chance to recognise the astonishing work being done in extraordinary circumstances by artists, journalists, and campaigners around the world. Through exercising the simple right that we take for granted - the right to freely express themselves - they risk everything. The Freedom of Expression Awards bring their stories to light, recognise their courageous actions, and underscore how important it is to protect freedom of expression. We have some truly fantastic nominees this year, and I very much look forward to sharing their stories with you."

Ruth Anderson

CEO, Index on Censorship


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