The 2013 awards mark the 13th Freedom of Expression Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, that will take place on Thursday 21 March, at the Inner Temple, London.

The Index Freedom of Expression Awards recognise journalists, bloggers, digital activists, campaigners and artists around the world who, directly or indirectly, are fighting against censorship. These are people on the frontline who often experience violence, threats and imprisonment for exercising their right to free speech.

CEO Kirsty Hughes said:

‘All of this year’s nominees have shown great courage in speaking out, and fighting censorship and injustice often in very challenging conditions. Many of them come from established or emerging democracies, reflecting the disturbing fact that censorship is not just the preserve of authoritarian states, and that freedom of expression is an issue that affects us all, wherever we live.’

The full shortlist is below and you can click here for more information about each of the nominees.

Ales Bialiatski was nominated in “Advocacy” category.

Index on Censorship is an international London-based organization, promoting free speech. With the campaign Index hopes to raise awareness of the threats to free speech seen around the world today, and gives word to journalists, writers, artists and activists whose freedoms have been violated. For several years the organization has been up to Belarusian matters, especially the freedom of expression in the country.

The latest report on Belarusian censorship of the Internet Belarus: Pulling the Plug


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