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, Digital Activism and Journalism

Winners are honoured at a gala celebration in London and join Index’s Awards Fellowship programme and receive dedicated training and support.

The 20th Freedom of Expression Awards will be held on 30 April 2020 at the May Fair Hotel in London.


Index has several tiers of sponsorship, from Gold, Silver and Bronze to Seat Sponsorship.

All of the money raised goes towards supporting our work defending freedom of expression worldwide.

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


More than 200 leading figures from the worlds of journalism, arts and the law gather each year for our Oscar-awards style ceremony in central London.

Previous hosts and award presenters include comedian Shappi Khorsandi, columnist David Aaronovitch, entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and cartoonist Martin Rowson.


The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship exists to celebrate individuals or groups who have had a significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world. Through the fellowship, Index works with the winners – both during an intensive week in London and the rest of the awarding year – to provide long-term, structured support.

The 2019 fellows are: Turkish artist Zehra Doğan (arts); Cartoonists Rights Network International (campaigning); Fundación Karisma, an organisation challenging the growing online harassment of women in Colombia (digital activism); and Mimi Mefo, one of less than a handful of journalists working without fear or favour in Cameroon’s climate of repression and self-censorship (journalism).

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.

You can read more about our 2019 fellows below or click here to find out more about previous winners.



The 2019 Campaigning Award is supported by Mainframe

Digital Activism

Fundación Karisma

The 2019 Digital Activism Award is sponsored by Private Internet Access

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