Freedom of Expression Awards 2011: The shortlist

Index on Censorship has published the shortlist for the Freedom of Expression Awards 2011.

The 11th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards honour those who, often at great personal risk, give voice to issues and stories from around the globe that may otherwise have passed unnoticed.

This year’s ceremony on 24 March 2011 will be hosted by broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby at the Royal Institution in London, with a keynote speech by Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson. Click here to buy tickets.

Award judges introduce the nominees in each category at these links:

The Bindmans award for Law and Campaigning

The Guardian Journalism award

The Intelligent Life Arts award

The New Media award, supported by Google

Nominees for this year’s awards, presented in association with SAGE, include Egyptian newspaper editor Ibrahim Eissa, British playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, campaigning Pakistani politician Sherry Rehman and MF Husain, regarded as India’s greatest living artist. There will also be a special commendation, presented by Sir Tom Stoppard.