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Index on Censorship presents Freedom of Expression Awards

The 10th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards honours those who have taken great risks to tell stories that would otherwise remain in the shadows. Winners were feted at an event in London last week.

One award recognises computer or Internet technology that generates debate or dissent. This year's winner is Twitter. The site played a pivotal role in mobilising protesters during the contested 2009 Iranian elections. It has often been used as a powerful tool to protect freedom of expression.

Another award honours lawyers or campaigners who have fought repression. This year's awardee is Rashid Hajili, chair of the Media Rights Institute (MRI) in Azerbaijan. He has defended a number of prominent journalists, including the imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev.

Other awards laud the journalism of "dogged determination and bravery" and musicians who shed light on issues of censorship.

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Freedom of Expression Awards

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