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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:

Informing

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.

Influencing

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.

Debating

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.

Supporting

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.

Belarus: Join the campaign to free our friends Andrei Aliaksandrau and Irina Zlobina

alt informationIt is now a year since our former colleague and his partner were detained following Alyaksandr Lukashenka's disputed election victory

Lawsuits against the author and publisher of Putin’s People are SLAPPs

alt informationNineteen organisations condemn the legal actions against Catherine Belton and HarperCollins

Respect for tradition: Australia’s selective listening on environment issues

alt informationFirst Nations voices are often ignored. Now Yvonne Weldon is hoping to change that as she bids to become the first Aboriginal Lord Mayor of Sydney

Letter to US Attorney General on Julian Assange

alt informationIndex joins other organisations in expressing concern over extradition proceedings against Wikileaks founder

Interpol must clarify its involvement in the arrest warrant issued against British journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown

alt informationFourteen organisations join call amid fears reporter may be arrested in Spain following threats by the Malaysian government

Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Egyptian human rights defender Abdelrahman ‘Moka’ Tarek

alt informationIndex and nine other organisations call for Moka's release as he receives the 2021 Freedom of Expression Awards

Joint call condemning the Belarusian regime’s raids on journalists and human rights activists

alt informationIndex joins with 11 other organisations to demand the release of those detained

UK whistleblower Jonathan Taylor finally freed from extradition torment almost one year on

alt informationFormer in-house lawyer for oil firm SBM Offshore now allowed to return home

Belarus: Human rights organisations urge the UN Human Rights Council to maintain calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Andrei Aliaksandrau

alt informationCall comes as Council receives the report of the UN special rapporteur on the situation regarding human rights in the country

Index on Censorship announces shortlist for 2021 Freedom of Expression Awards

alt informationImprisoned Egyptian human rights campaigner, Russian feminist performance artist, and persecuted Djiboutian journalists among the shortlisted candidates