Category : Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2012

Creative dissent in Syria

The Syrian regime has gone to great lengths to silence the satirical commentary of Ali Ferzat

Bahrain: Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Index condemns last night’s arrest of Index’s 2012 Award winner and head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Nabeel Rajab and the ongoing harassment of human rights activists in Bahrain

Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Index on Censorship condemns last night’s arrest of Index’s 2012 Award winner and head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Nabeel Rajab and the ongoing harassment of human rights activists in Bahrain including the arrest of those involved in peaceful protests. Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive of Index said: The arrest of Nabeel Rajab, […]

Video: Highlights from the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2012

The Index Freedom of Expression Awards took place on 28 March in London. Before an audience of 400, Jonathan Dimbleby presented awards to the heroes of free expression — those who have put their lives and jobs at risk to defend the inalienable right to express themselves freely

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat wins Arts Award

Recognising artists, filmmakers and writers whose work asserts artistic freedom and battles against repression and injustice Accepting the award Ali Ferzat said: Artists are an integral part of any popular revolt. Their work encourages people to participate and take part in the revolution. Artists come from among the people and express their hopes, dreams and […]

Freedomfone win the Innovation Award sponsored by Google

Freedomfone by Kubatana accept the Innovation Award, which recognises innovation and original use of new technology to circumvent censorship and foster debate, argument or dissent Accepting the award FreedomFone activist Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa said: Repressive governments deliberately hinder people’s access to information to entrench control and minimise dissent. New media technologies, and the innovative uses of […]

Idrak Abbasov wins Guardian journalism award

Azerbaijani journalist Idrak Abbasov wins the journalism award, which recognises investigative journalism of dogged determination across a range of media, including print, online, radio and television Accepting the award, Idrak Abbasov said: First of all, I would like to thank Index on Censorship and all those present. I know that there are many people here […]

Advocacy nominees

Recognising campaigners or activists who have fought repression, or have struggled to challenge political climates Alaa Abd El Fattah, blogger, Egypt Alaa Abd El Fattah is at the forefront of protests against Egypt’s current military rule. Over the last 12 months, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has tried to silence dissent, crushing […]

Innovation nominees

Recognising innovation and original use of new technology to circumvent censorship and foster debate, argument or dissent Freedom Fone by Kubatana, mobile phone technology NGO, Zimbabwe Kubatana is an NGO based in Harare that uses a variety of new and traditional media to encourage ordinary Zimbabweans to be informed, inspired and active about civic and […]

Arts nominees

Recognising artists, filmmakers and writers whose work asserts artistic freedom and battles against repression and injustice Voina, performance artists, Russia Voina, meaning “War”, is a collective of radical Russian anarchist artists who combine political protest and performance art. Voina’s carries out actions directed against the authorities. In June 2010, members painted a 65-metre phallus on a […]

Journalism Nominees

Recognising investigative journalism of dogged determination across a range of media including print, online, radio and television, taking into consideration impact, originality and revelation Han Han, blogger, China The author of China’s most widely read blog, 29-year-old Han Han has been called “the world’s most popular blogger”. He is also famed for being a cultural […]