Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021

21 years of courage – 92 champions of free expression

  • Awards Fellowship honours journalists, campaigners and artists fighting censorship globally
  • Public nominations are open until 1 October 2020
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Nominations for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship are open. Now in their 21st year, the Awards honour some of the world’s most remarkable free expression heroes.

As Index approaches its 50th anniversary year, the 2021 awards will kick-off a year of celebrations to mark this milestone. Since 2015, Index has expanded the Awards programme to include the Awards Fellowship, supporting and championing 27 fellows in their work defending freedom of expression internationally.

The Awards Fellowship seeks to support activists at all levels and spans the world. Past winners include Honduran investigative journalist Wendy Funes, Russian artist and LGBTQ activist Yulia Tsvetkova, Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Saudi investigative journalist Safa Al Ahmad and South African LGBTQ photographer Zanele Muholi.

Index invites the general public, civil society organisations, non-profit groups and media organisations to nominate anyone (individuals or organisations) who they believe should be celebrated and supported in their work tackling censorship worldwide.

We are offering three fellowships, one in each of the following categories

Arts

for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression, injustice and celebrates artistic free expression.

This could include visual or performing artists, musicians, cartoonists, creative writers, whether solo or collectives.

Campaigning

for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting free expression on the ground.

This could include individuals or organisations.

Journalism

for courageous and determined journalism that exposes censorship, threats to free expression and demands access to information.

This could include individual journalists, bloggers, news outlets and investigative nonprofits.

All winners become Awards Fellows who receive support from Index throughout the following year. The year commences with a week-long, all-expenses-paid residential in London (April 2021) with workshops, training and public events. Index works with the fellows to significantly enhance the impact, profile and sustainability of their work.

The 2021 Awards shortlist will be announced in early 2021. The fellows will be selected by a high profile panel of judges and announced in London at a ceremony in April 2021. Nominations will be open until 1 October 2020.

The Freedom of Expression Awards were launched in 2001 to raise the profile of individuals and organisations that were defending freedom of expression globally.

For more information on the Awards and Fellowship please contact Leah Cross, [email protected] 

About the Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship

The 2021 awards will kick-off a year of celebrations to mark Index’s 50th anniversary. Since 2015, Index has expanded the Awards programme to include the Awards Fellowship, supporting and championing 27 fellows in their work defending freedom of expression internationally. Winners of the 2020 Awards Fellowship will receive 12 months of mentorship, networking and strategic support. More information

About Index on Censorship

Index on Censorship is a London-based non-profit organisation that publishes work by censored writers and artists and campaigns against censorship worldwide. Since its founding in 1972, Index on Censorship has published some of the greatest names in literature in its award-winning quarterly magazine, including Samuel Beckett, Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Arthur Miller and Kurt Vonnegut. It also has published some of the world’s best campaigning writers from Vaclav Havel to Elif Shafak.

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Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021

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