Announced last night at a glittering ceremony at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, London, the awards aim to honour the best in British magazines. The other shortlisted entrants in the category included: BBC History Magazine, Country Life, Healthy, Which?, and Which? Money.
On winning the award, Rachael told us:
“It is an extremely important year for publishing on freedom of expression issues, from Bangladesh to Mexico writers face threats and sometimes death just for writing something that someone disagrees with. There are also other challenges to freedom of expression, from ensuring there is academic freedom on campuses to governments using financial pressure to stop media reporting uncomfortable news, plus increasingly sophisticated social media propaganda techniques used to stop the public knowing the truth”.
Index on Censorship works tirelessly to highlight the extreme challenges that face free expression globally, whilst also championing the incredible bravery and strength of individuals who are defending free expression. Index provides a global forum and platform, bringing to light and sharing these global endeavours. This award recognises both the importance of this endeavour and the work of Rachael Jolley, as well as the wider editorial team, as curators, custodians and assemblers of this highly valuable and important content. As Rachael continued:
“This award from the BSME recognises the importance of those stories, and that they, vitally, must continue to be published. It is also a recognition of how hard the magazine team, from designer to sub editors work on each magazine.”
SAGE has been the proud publisher of the magazine for six years, a magazine that is both close to our hearts and our central publishing mission of supporting academic freedom and the dissemination of high quality content. Ziyad Marar, SAGE’s Global Publishing Director, offered the following remarks:
“We’re so proud of our long standing relationship with Index on Censorship. Congratulations to Rachel and the team at the magazine for this well-deserved recognition.”
Working closely with Index on Censorship, and publishing the Index on Censorship Magazine, as an organisation, we see first-hand the outstanding work that they do as they defend and champion free expression around the world. Our warmest congratulations to Rachael and everyone at Index on this fantastic achievement.