Contest recognizes freedom of expression

Journalists, digital activists and other free speech advocates can be nominated for these awards.

The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards honor individuals fighting to speak out in the dangerous and difficult conditions.

Index invites the public, NGOs and media organizations to nominate individuals in four categories: arts, campaigning, digital activism and journalism.

Winners will be flown to London to attend the award ceremony in April 2018. In addition, they will join the Index’s Awards Fellowship program, which will provide training and support to help them amplify their work for free expression.

The nomination deadline is Oct. 8.

For more information, click here.

Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship

Nominations open now

Submit your nomination for the 2018 Fellowship by 8 October 2017.

Winners of the 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and emergency assistance. Through the fellowships, Index seeks to maximise the impact and sustainability of voices at the forefront of pushing back censorship worldwide.

Nominate your free expression champion

The 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship is open to any individual or organisation involved in tackling free expression threats. We are offering four fellowships, one in each of the following categories: journalism, campaigning, arts and digital activism. Anyone can nominate or self-nominate. There is no cost to apply. Nominees must have had a recognisable impact in the past 12 months. Submit your nomination by 23:59 GMT 8 October 2017.

About the 2018 Awards Fellowship

One Full Year

Fellows receive 12 months of direct assistance, starting with an all-expenses-paid training week in London in April 2018.


Index helps fellows build key partnerships, troubleshoot and receive expert support in multiple areas including personal safety, finance, PR and mental health.


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


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


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

What we look for in selecting Awards Fellows


A significant contribution within the past 12 months.


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


Creative ways of promoting free expression or circumventing censorship.


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


Those cases where the 2018 Awards Fellowship can potentially add the most value.

We are awarding 2018 Fellowships in four categories


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


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


for courageous, high-impact and determined journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression

Nominations close at 23:59 GMT on Sunday 8 October 2017.

  • I nominate (individual or organisation name)*

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  • For work in:*
    • ARTS – for using artistic work to fight for or celebrate freedom of expression.
    • CAMPAIGNING – for challenging legislation, political climates or perceptions.
    • DIGITAL ACTIVISM – for ground-breaking digital work, defending free expression online or with the use of technology.
    • JOURNALISM – for courageous, determined, high impact investigative journalism using any media.
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