The Belarusian human rights activist is one of the nominees of the annual award from the British organization Index on Censorship. He is nominated for the Advocacy award.
“Ales Bialiatski is an outstanding human rights activist, who devoted his life to helping the victims of human rights violations in Belarus”, - the Index on Censorship’s statement says.
The annual Freedom of Expression Awards by the Index on Censorship will be held for the 13th time this year. The award recognizes journalists, bloggers, online activists, human rights activists and artists who fight against censorship in any from around the world.
“These are the people, who are at a sort of front line of the fight for the freedom of speech; for their beliefs they have to go through violence, threats and imprisonment, - the organization’s statement says. – Recognizing their achievements we hope to bring the attention of the world’s community to the threats to the freedom of expression that exist in today’s world – direct censorship, prosecution and excessive use of regulation in online censoring, religious and cultural pressure and also the lack of access to information.
Together with Ales Bialiatski Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year old Pakistani activist for the right of education, a Bristish civic initiative Hillsborough Family Support Group and a youth movement Girifna from Sudan compete for the award in the nomination Advocacy.
Apart from that prizes will be awarded in the nominations for Journalism, Digital Freedom and Art.
“The current nominees are the people, who showed extraordinary courage in expressing their views, fight against censorship and injustice, any of them do it in very hard conditions”, - Kirsty Hughes, the executive officer of the Index on Censorship, noted.
The winners of the award will be defined this week. The award ceremony will take place in London on 21 March.