Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship

The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship exists to celebrate individuals or groups who have had a significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world. Index works with the winners to provide longer-term assistance to help fellows maximise their impact and broaden their networks.

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2019 Fellows

Selected from over 400 public nominations and a shortlist of 15, the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows exemplify courage in the face of censorship. Learn more about the fellowship.

Campaigning

CRNI

The 2019 Campaigning Award is supported by Mainframe

Digital Activism

Fundación Karisma

The 2019 Digital Activism Award is sponsored by Private Internet Access

2018 Fellows

Selected from over 400 public nominations and a shortlist of 16, the 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows exemplify courage in the face of censorship. Learn more about the fellowship.

Campaigning

ECRF

The 2018 Campaigning Award is supported by Doughty Street Chambers

Digital Activism

Habari RDC

The 2018 Digital Activism Award is sponsored by Private Internet Access

Journalism

Wendy Funes

The 2018 Journalism Award is sponsored by Vice News

2017 Fellows

Selected from over 400 public nominations and a shortlist of 16, the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows exemplify courage in the face of censorship. Learn more about the fellowship.

Campaigning

Ildar Dadin

Ildar Dadin is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Campaigning Fellow

The 2017 Campaigning Award is supported by Doughty Street Chambers

Digital Activism

Turkey Blocks

Turkey Blocks is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Digital Activism Fellow

The 2017 Digital Activism Award is sponsored by Private Internet Access

Journalism

Maldives Independent

Maldives Independent is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellow for Journalism

The 2017 Journalism Award is sponsored by CNN

2020 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship Timeline

1-31 JULY 2019

NOMINATIONS

DEC 2019

JUDGING PANEL

JAN 2020

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

APRIL 2020

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP WEEK

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APR 2020 – MAR 2021

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP

About the Awards Fellowship

One Full Year

Fellows receive 12 months of direct assistance, starting with an all-expenses-paid training week in London.

Survive

Index helps fellows build key partnerships, troubleshoot and receive expert support in multiple areas including digital security, strategy and communications.

Thrive

Fellows work with Index and partners to identify and realise key strategic goals.

Amplify

Index promotes news and regional developments through our magazine, website and social media.

Network

Fellows become part of a supportive community of free expression champions worldwide.

What we look for in selecting Awards Fellows

Timeliness

A significant contribution within the past 12 months.

Resilience

Courage to speak out, persisting in the face of adversity.

Innovation

Creative ways of promoting free expression or circumventing censorship.

Impact

Evidence of shifting perceptions, influencing public or government opinion, contributing to legislative change.

Need

Those cases where the Awards Fellowship can potentially add the most value.

We award Fellowships in four 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.

Digital Activism

for ground-breaking technology that circumvents censorship enabling the free and independent exchange of information.

This could include new apps, digital tools or software.

Journalism

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

This could include bloggers, news outlets and investigative nonprofits.

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SPONSORS

The Freedom of Expression Awards and Fellowship have massive impact. You can help by sponsoring or supporting a fellowship.

Index is grateful to those who are supporting the 2019 Awards Fellowships:

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