A jailed blogger from Egypt, a murdered journalist from Lebanon, a documentary maker who recorded Israel's removal of settlers from Gaza, a ‘barefoot lawyer’ from China, and a champion of HIV/AIDS victims in Swaziland have all been honoured with a prestigious Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship.
The 7th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards were presented at LSO St Luke's, London, on 14 March by Anna Ford, with a keynote speech from Jung Chang, bestselling author of Mao:The Untold Story and Wild Swans.
Index on Censorship/Hugo Young Award for Journalism 2007
This award, given in memory of Guardian columnist Hugo Young, goes to a journalist who has shown an outstanding commitment to journalistic integrity in defence of freedom of expression.
• Winner: Kareem Amer (Egypt): Kareem Amer is the pseudonym of 22-year old blogger Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer, who was recently sentenced to four years imprisonment for criticising Islam and President Mubarak.
• Fellow nominees: Jayyab Abu Safia (Gaza): Jayyab has received death threats from Islamic fundamentalists for his work on his phone-in programme on Gaza FM.