Fred Searle is a freelance journalist based in London.
Determined to hold her government to account, exiled Maldivian journalist Zaheena Rasheed continued her work, despite death threats. A degree of paranoia is healthy for reporters, she says.
Murad Subay, recent winner of the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award, scrawls messages of hope as he carves out his own place in Yemen's war-ravaged neighbourhoods.
Muslim stand-up comedian Sakdiyah Ma'ruf uses humour to speak out against extremism and advocate women's rights, stirring controversy and even making fundamentalists laugh at themselves.