Index on Censorship awarded prestigious Hermann Kesten Prize

index-logoLast week we were delighted to hear that SAGE journal, and longstanding partner in our shared goal of advocating free speech, Index on Censorship, has been awarded the Hermann Kesten Prize, the German literary award for outstanding efforts in support of persecuted writers.

Presented annually, the award, given on behalf of German PEN Center, has been given to Index in recognition of the incredibly influential and important work that it does to fight censorship globally. Acknowledging the publication’s “lack of political bias during its 40 year history”, the Jury highlighted Index’s influential work in exposing free speech violations around the world as well as its involvement in denouncing left and right wing dictatorships and fundamentalists regimes.

Index’s CEO Kirsty Hughes said:

“We are delighted to have won this award. It is wonderful that Index’s work defending freedom of expression has been recognised in this way. As the recent revelations about mass surveillance by the US and UK governments show, freedom of expression is a hugely important issue, affecting us all wherever we live.”

As Index’s publisher, SAGE would like to take this opportunity to send the Index team our congratulations. We are incredibly proud to be able to publish such an outstanding, thought provoking and influential journal, and to be a longstanding partner with them supporting their annual events and awards.

Speaking of the partnership and the award, Ziyad Marar, SAGE’s Global Publishing Director remarked:

 “Index on Censorship through its unique combination of journalism, campaigning and advocacy, plays a pivotal role in defending freedom of expression for those facing censorship. Having been on the judging panel for their annual awards this year, my personal sense of the hugely important contribution that Index has made, national and globally, has never been more strongly underscored. At SAGE we passionately believe that the free expression of ideas leads to healthy minds and healthy cultures and our partnership with Index to support this mission is one that we highly value. We are delighted that Index has been honored with this award, and we at SAGE would like to send them our deepest congratulations.”

Editor Rachael Jolley and Deputy Editor, Natasha Schmidt, will be collecting the award in Germany this week. More information on the award can be found here. Keep your eyes on Twitter for photos from the event!


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