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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Freedom of Expression: Who Are Your Heroes?

Index on Censorship's Free Speech blog announces that they are gathering nominations for their 2009 Freedom of Expression Awards, which celebrate our right to know and tell, and to recognise that this, of all human rights, is the one so often in the balance in democracies, so often the first victim of intolerance and poor legislation. You can read about previous winners here, including Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer, Being Arab by Samir Kassir, and Sihem Bensedrine, editor of the banned and now secretly published (online) magazine Kalima. Nominations close on 26 February, and you can find more details here, or by emailing awards [at] indexoncensorship [dot] org.

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