Nominations open for 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

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Index on Censorship opens nominations for the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards and Fellowship

  • Awards honour journalists, campaigners, digital activists and artists fighting censorship globally
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  • Nominations are open from 12 September to 11 October 2016

Beginning today, nominations for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship are open. Now in their 17th year, the awards honour some of the world’s most remarkable free expression heroes. Previous winners include Chinese digital activists GreatFire, Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat and Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais.

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

There are four categories in Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards:

  • Arts for artists (any form) and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression.
  • Campaigning for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression.
  • Digital Activism for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information.
  • Journalism for courageous, high impact and determined journalism (any form) that exposes censorship and threats to free expression.

Relevant nominees are also eligible for the Music in Exile Fellowship, which supports musicians whose work is under threat.

As awards fellows, all winners receive one residential week of networking, advanced training and consultancy in London (April 2017) followed by 12 months of bespoke support to amplify and sustain their valuable work for free expression worldwide.

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index, said: “The Freedom of Expression Awards not only showcase but also strengthen groups and individuals doing brave and brilliant work to enhance freedom of expression around the world. These are true heroes – people who often have to overcome immense obstacles and face great danger just for the right to express themselves. I urge everyone to nominate their free expression champion – make sure their voice is heard.”

The 2017 awards shortlist will be announced in late January. The winners will be announced in London at a gala ceremony on 19 April 2017 at The Unicorn Theatre.

For more information on the awards and fellowship, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)207 963 7262.

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