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Index Awards 2017: Celebrating defenders of free expression Index Awards 2017: Celebrating defenders of free expression

Index on Censorship is a nonprofit that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. We publish work by censored writers and artists, promote debate, and monitor threats to free speech. We believe that everyone should be free to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution – no matter what their views.

Index’s aim is to raise awareness about threats to free expression and the value of free speech as the first step to tackling censorship.

Index relies entirely on the support of donors and readers to do our work.

We work in four ways:


Index on Censorship publishes an award-winning quarterly magazine that has featured some of the world’s best-known writers. We publish original creative writing and articles about free expression from across the globe.

Our website offers additional information to help people understand the current threats to free expression globally. And we reach a wider audience through social media.


Each year, Index on Censorship identifies some of the greatest threats to free speech around the world and develops advocacy campaigns to push for change in legislation or public attitudes. We choose topics where our work can make a significant impact – and deliberately choose areas where others might not be focused. You can see our current areas of focus on our Campaigns and Projects work.

We use a mixture of research, reporting, direct advocacy and media campaigning to achieve our goals.


Index on Censorship believes that free expression encourages more open and tolerant societies. We actively promote debate with an exciting series of events each year to help people better understand the value of free speech. This includes performances, exhibitions, talks and concerts. We are also regularly quoted in international media on free expression issues. Read more about our current events programme here.


Index on Censorship directly supports groups and individuals facing censorship through our Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship. The fellowship offers a year-long programme of tailored support to a small group of fellows selected for their outstanding work in the fields of journalism, arts, campaigning and digital advocacy. Read more about this innovative work here.

The Online Safety Bill must be completely overhauled

alt informationIndex calls on the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ensure legislation does not damage rights to freedom of expression and privacy

Index supports The Shift News in freedom of information battle with the government of Malta

alt informationThe media outlet had requested details of dealings between government entities and Media Today co-owner Saviour Balzan

Co-chairs of UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition welcome Government’s action on SLAPPs

alt informationDominic Raab to announce legislative measures that includes recommendations from coalition co-led by Index on Censorship

Joint statement on the introduction of charges for media coverage of party conferences

alt informationPolitical parties introduce charges for journalists' access to conferences. Alliance of media and free speech organisations warns any charges will restrict open democracy

Bill of Rights will seriously undermine freedom of expression in the UK

alt informationIndex joins other organisations in calling for the UK Government to abandon proposals that would weaken or replace the Human Rights Act

Index expresses concern over Julian Assange extradition

alt informationHome Secretary Priti Patel's decision will have a chilling effect on journalism and put the Wikileaks founder at risk

Awards nominees “celebrate those on the front line in the fight to protect freedom of expression around the world”

alt informationIndex on Censorship announces shortlist for 2022 Freedom of Expression Awards

Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders welcome High Court’s decision in Realtid case

alt informationSwedish business publication and its journalists still face SLAPP cases over articles about Eco Energy World and its founder

As Russia wages war, Index reflects on its beginnings

alt informationSir Trevor Phillips and Jonathan Dimbleby discussed the challenges to freedom of expression at our 50th birthday party

Ukrainian news reporter detained by Russia’s FSB

alt informationThe whereabouts of Victoria Roschina, who works for independent news channel hromadske, is unknown after her detention