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Often as a result of their activism political prisoners are the recipients of awards from around the world as their efforts are recognised by human rights organisations & nations not their own. #JulianAssange is one such prisoner.


Awards Thread:
2008: Freedom of Expression Award – The Economist New Media Award

The Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards exist to celebrate individuals or groups who have had a significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world.
2009: Amnesty International – New Media Award
‘Kenya:The Cry of Blood- Extra Judicial Killings & Disappearances’

Recognising excellence in human rights reporting & acknowledging journalism’s significant contribution to UK public awareness & understanding of human rights issues.
2010: Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence

The award is judged by a group of retired senior US military & intelligence personnel (VIPS), and past winners. In 2010 the judges were unanimous in selecting the recipient.
2010: Time Magazine Person of the Year (Readers’ Choice)

The online vote asks readers to choose the most influential person, people or things. With a total 1,249,425 votes, #Assange raked in 382,020 votes, giving him an easy first place, 148,383 votes over 2nd place.
2010: Le Monde Man of the Year

Julian Assange was named "Man of the Year" by French newspaper Le Monde & 56% of its readers. The newspaper was one of five publications to cooperate with the whistleblowing website on the release of leaked documents.
2011: Free Dacia Award

CBS News reported that Romanian online publication Cotidianul.ro known for its editorial independence honoured #Assange for his service to press freedom, & for exposing the "duplicitous behaviour of some democratic countries."
2011: José Couso Press Freedom Award

This award’s objective is to acknowledge & spread the work of an existing organization or person with a relevant role in defending the freedom of speech, or with a significant and independent career in the field of journalism.
2011: Liberty Victoria Voltaire Award

This award is given annually for distinguished contributions to free speech. Liberty Victoria is one of Australia’s leading civil liberties organisations - working to defend & extend human rights and freedoms in Victoria since 1936.
2011: Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal

The Sydney Peace Foundation awarded its ‘Medal for Peace with Justice’ to WikiLeaks co-founder #JulianAssange. The citation reads, ‘For exceptional courage and initiative in pursuit of human rights.’.
2011: Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

This award is given for excellence in Australian journalism & are regarded Australia’s equivalent to the US’s Pulitzer prize. The Walkley Foundation is an initiative of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
2011: Martha Gellhorn Prize For Journalism

The annual prize is awarded to journalists "whose work has penetrated the established version of events & told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda”.
2012: Big Brother Awards Italy – Progetto Winston Smith (PWS) & e-privacy

PWS (an anonymous association) is ‘The Winston Smith Project’ & is an informational and operational project for the defence of human rights in the digital era and on the Internet.
2013: Global Exchange’s People’s Choice Award

Global Exchange’s Human Rights Awards honour the achievements of individuals and groups whose work embodies the principles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights: peace, justice, and equality.
2013: Yoko Ono Courage Award

Ms. Ono Lennon began the Courage Award in 2009 to recognize artists who demonstrated courage in their work despite pressure to succumb to commercial and political constraints.
2013: Brazilian Press Association Human Rights Award

An award given for services rendered to humanity, the right to citizenship and the right to information. It was awarded to #Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Bradley Manning, Aaron Swartz and Mordechai Vanunu.
2014: Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan – Best Investigative Journalist

In 2016 the Chairman of the Union, as well as his son were imprisoned on fraud charges. The European Parliament in 2016, called the imprisonment 'judicial targeting'.
2019: GUE/NGL European Parliamentary Group Galizia Award For Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information

The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth & exposing it to the public" & to honour those "intimidated &/or persecuted" for such actions.
2019: DANNY Global Vision Award for Journalism & Activism

The Danny Schechter Global Vision Award for Journalism & Advocacy is an annual award given to an individual who best emulates Schechter's practice of combining excellent journalism with advocacy on behalf of the public.
2019: Compassion in Care’s Gavin MacFadyen Award for Whistleblowers

Awarded annually to commemorate the late CIJ Director & a journalist or organisation in recognition of their work in supporting whistleblowers to expose corruption, abuse & violence toward the vulnerable.
2019: Mexico’s Press Club’s International Journalism Award

When presenting the award, the President of the Press Club stated, "Let's not let the truth shown by Assange be the pretext to steal our freedom, to justify censorship and control on the Internet."
#Assange is also a multiple nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and this year has been nominated by a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mairead Maguire. There are, no doubt, also other awards out there that I have missed, feel free to add. But these were the most well-known.

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