The awards illustrations (above) have been created by vawongsir, a former secondary school visual arts teacher in Hong Kong. He created pro-democracy political cartoons on social media that have been widely shared. In 2020, he officially faced disciplinary action, when the Education Bureau ruled that he had committed professional misconduct. In 2022, he left Hong Kong citing fear of sedition arrest and he continues to make and share art about Hong Kong.
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The 2022 Freedom of Expression Awards winners were announced at a ceremony in London. This special event seeks to celebrate free expression activists and champions. The broadcaster, journalist and commentator Ayesha Hazarika served as ceremony compere.