The shortlist for Index on Censorship’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards has been announced. An international organization dedicated to free speech around the world, the award celebrates the individuals who have challenged censorship and stood up for freedom of expression.
Out of 400 nominations, 20 artists, writers, and activists have been picked for the award shortlist. From the collective of young journalists, Mada Masr, who takes on censorship in Egypt and has stood in support of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji; to artists in Cuba, Indonesia, and Yemen, Index On Censorship celebrates, “the courage and creativity of some of the world’s greatest journalists, artists, campaigners and digital activists.”
Though only 20 nominees could be selected for the award, we stand with all of the artists and writers who fought for their right to free speech in 2016, including Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, Zunar in Malaysia, Bonil in Educador, and Musa Kart in Turkey, to name a few.
The ceremony where the recipients will be announced will be held on April 13 in London. You can view the entire shortlist here.