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INDEX ON CENSORSHIP ART ISSUE SHORTLISTED FOR AMNESTY MEDIA AWARD
Los Angeles, CA (May 01, 2012) – Index on Censorship has been shortlisted for an Amnesty International UK Media Award. “The Art Issue”, first published in September 2011, has been shortlisted for a consumer magazine award for three articles which explore how art is challenging censorship and bringing about political change in China, Egypt and Russia.
In “China’s New Deal”, Simon Kirby explores the change of mood in China and the role of artists such as Ai Weiwei in criticising the regime. Yasmine El Rashidi looks at how street art became a symbol of freedom in Cairo during the Arab spring in “Art or Vandalism?”. In “Russia’s Robin Hoods”, Nick Sturdee reports on radical performance artists Voina, a new brand of political street art that is taking the country by storm. You can read the shortlisted articles at www.indexoncensorship.org/artissue
Index on Censorship previously won an Amnesty Media Award in 2008 for an issue on the media in Russia.
Amnesty’s Media Awards, now in their 21st year, recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding of human rights issues.
Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship, said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted for this award in Index on Censorship’s 40th anniversary year. Threats to artistic freedom of expression around the world often get overlooked, so it’s wonderful that these outstanding articles on art and censorship have been recognised by the Amnesty judges.”
Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director at SAGE, which publishes Index on Censorship, commented: “We are delighted that Index on Censorship’s magazine has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Our friends at Index have inspired us with their consistently intelligent approach to the complexities of defending free expression. At SAGE we believe that enabling authors’ voices to be heard is fundamental to creating healthy societies, and we feel incredibly proud to publish a magazine that is so central to that project.”
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Launched in 1972, Index on Censorship is the only magazine devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International in outlook, outspoken in comment, and publishing some of the world’s finest writers, Index exposes stories that are suppressed, publishes banned writing, initiates debate and gives breadth to news that has often been “dumbed down” in the world’s media. The latest issue includes Aung San Suu Kyi on the future of free speech, an exclusive extract from Ariel Dorfman’s new play and highlights from the magazine archive, including Nadine Gordimer, Salman Rushdie and Kurt Vonnegut.
SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC. www.sagepublications.com