I’m honored but frankly a tad intimidated to be joining the Index on Censorship Board of Trustees and begin keeping company with some true heavy-weights of the English-speaking literary and journalism world. Index on Censorship is a UK non-profit dedicated to advocating and supporting freedom of speech.
The UK’s former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion has just been appointed as well. Jonathan Dimbleby, the renowned BBC TV host, reporter and book author is chairman of the Index board. Another trustee is Mark Stephens, one of the most recognized names and faces (he was once lampooned by Spitting Image with his own Spitting Image puppet: a high honor!) in media law in the UK.
What do I bring to the table? Digital, I presume. And deep respect for the goals of the institution. Well, and non-profit board experience I guess too, including the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board and the Online News Association Board of Directors. But I am very much looking forward to the Index board meetings. I’ll need to get started reading all of their many books!
Below is part of the news release sent out by Index.
“Sir Andrew, who was Poet Laureate between 1999 and 2009, has also been awarded the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. His appointment comes after Sir Ken Macdonald QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions, and Katie King, Creative and Development Editor at MSN UK, joined Index on Censorship earlier this year, as part of the organisation’s ongoing reinvigoration under Chief Executive John Kampfner.”