Kirsty Hughes appointed as new Index Chief Executive
09 Feb 2012

 The board of Index on Censorship is delighted to announce that it has appointed Kirsty Hughes as the organisation’s new Chief Executive

A highly-respected international figure, Kirsty will succeed John Kampfner, who leaves at the end of March. She will begin her work in the middle of April, leading a team of 20 in Index’s London office and 12 staff around the world. After he has stepped down as Chief Executive, John Kampfner will join the Index board.

Kirsty’s distinguished career has taken her from Chatham House to the IPPR and the European Commission. More recently, she was head of Global Public Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam. Currently Senior Associate Fellow, at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford, Kirsty is also an experienced writer, policy analyst and journalist who has written extensively on European and international politics.

Jonathan Dimbleby, Chair of Index, said: “I am delighted that the trustees have appointed Kirsty from a very impressive shortlist. A passionate advocate of freedom of expression, she has the leadership and vision to take Index to a new level, building on the successes of the past three years under John Kampfner.”

Kirsty Hughes said: “At a time when people around the world are standing up for their right to freedom of expression, often in the most difficult and challenging circumstances, Index has been a vital, internationally renowned, source of news, analysis, argument, campaigning and hope. I am greatly looking forward to working with the Index team and its partners.”

John Kampfner said: “It has been a privilege to play my part in Index’s transformation. I’m thrilled that Kirsty will be my successor and I wish her well in the exciting challenge. I’m very pleased to join the Index board and to continue to fly the flag for a wonderful organisation and all it represents.”

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3 responses to “Kirsty Hughes appointed as new Index Chief Executive”

  1. […] such as this. The reactionary journalist (Amanda Platell) versus the civil liberties campaigner (Kirsty Hughes). The corporation that is terribly concerned (Google’s Sarah Hunter). The ISP present […]

  2. This tip is my gift to Kirsty Hughes:

    Karl-Theodor Guttenberg, Internet Czar of Fourth Reich, must persuade the freakish kleptocrats of the enemies of internet to stop persecuting and robbing dissident bloggers. The enemies of internet are Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Instead, Guttenberg is pushed by Neelie Kroes to cooperate with Hillary Clinton to use the social media of internet for Occidental propaganda to incite people to overthrow their antioccidental governments, mission impossible.

    The Theory of Critical Mass proves that you only need a few fireflies, influential people, to reach a critical mass, tipping point, for a chain reaction of people. It might take a long time to reach the tipping point, but after that point things happen in a very short time, like an atomic bomb. Therefore Guttenberg’s mission is to find fireflies of propaganda for a critical mass of people to propagate Western ideas to the rest of the world. Using internet as a propaganda tool turns global politics upside down, but it saves trillions of dollars in unnecessary wars.

    This mindless promotion of Occidental culture and Occidental kleptocracy alienates the governments targeted and will motivate them to harm Occident in some manner. Thousands of young and naive people will die at the hands of the regimes they are instigated to overthrow by the democracy-pushing kleptocrats, all of whom are safe and secure in Washington and Brussels, inspiring pseudoheroic vanity. A libertarian non-interventionist policy will allow foreigners to work out their political destiny in their own way and at their own pace, prevent unnecessary additions to Occident’s growing list of enemies, prevent the clash of cultures, and save countless young lives.

  3. We hope Kirsty Hughes will not ignore Greece. Greece, the most corrupt country in Occident, has become a kangaroo valley, violating basic human rights and Article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty, but nobody gives a damn. I cannot understand why the European Commission tolerates political persecution and freakish Kangaroo Justice within the borders of the European Union and cannot refer the Greek government to the Court of Justice of the European Union. I cannot understand why the European Commission cannot protect Greeks from appalling violations of Article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty by the Greek government. If the European Union cannot protect Greeks from the repressive Greek government, who will?

    The freakish government of Greece uses charge stacking to persecute dissident bloggers. Charge stacking is the ability to charge a large number of overlapping crimes for a single course of conduct. Combining crimes enables prosecutors to get convictions in cases where there is no misconduct at all. By stacking enough charges, including treason, Greek prosecutors jack up the threat value of a trial against a dissident blogger, even if the government’s case is very weak. Charge stacking is terror. The disgusting government of Greece cannot terrorize the Greek people.

    Persecuting dissident bloggers, the outlaw government of Greece violates Article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty, which states the European Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, nondiscrimination, tolerance, and justice prevail.

    Greece also violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.