Europe after the Berlin Wall: Latest issue
17 Jun 2014

In the summer issue of Index on Censorship magazine, we include a special report: Brick by brick, freedom 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

As Europe prepares for the anniversary of the wall’s demolition in November, Index on Censorship looks at how the continent has changed. Author Irena Maryniak explores the idea of a new divide that has formed further east. Polish journalist Konstanty Gebert looks at how Poland’s media came out from the underground and lost its voice.

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Award-winning German writer Regula Venske shows how Germany has tackled its identity issues through crime fiction; and Helen Womack reports from Moscow on the fears of a new Cold War. We also give voice to “Generation Wall”  – the young people who have grown up in a free eastern Europe.

When the wall came down in 1989, there were discussions in the Index office about whether our battles were over. Sadly, we all know there was no universal end to censorship on that day. This issue also shares stories of the continuing fight for free expression worldwide, from a scheme to fund investigative journalism in Tanzania to an ambitious crowdsourcing project in Syria.

Also in this issue:

• Dame Janet Suzman looks at censorship of South African theatre on the 20th anniversary of South African democracy

• Jim Al-Khalili shares his thoughts on threats to science research and debate

• Ex BBC World Service boss Richard Sambrook goes head-to-head with Bruno Torturra, from Brazil’s Mídia Ninja, to debate the future of big media


• Two new short stories – exclusive to Index – from Costa first novel winner Christie Watson and Turkish novelist Kaya Genç


Bordering isolation: Kate Maltby explores attitudes to minorities in Turkey

Pakistan at a crossroads: Haroon Ullah looks the power of landlords and their influence on voting

Spying on the censors: Roger Highfield on how metadata could expose regimes

Going in deep:  The risks facing Tanzania’s journalists, by Jess McCabe and Erick Kabendera

Open books: Susanne Metz on the vital role of libraries in exchanging ideas

Legal divisions: Dominique Mondoloni compares French and English libel laws

Cape crusader: Natasha Joseph interviews retiring South African politician Ben Turok

Syria’s inside track: Vicky Baker looks at crowdsourcing news in conflict 

Mapped out: Guyana’s indigenous mapmakers, by Vicky Baker

When one door closes: Kaya Genç looks at whether Turkey should turns east or west

LA story: Ed Fuentes on lifting the graffiti ban in Los Angeles

Secrets and lives: Tarashea Nesbit tells the story of the wives at Los Alamos

Marching on: Nicole Mezzasalma looks at Brazil’s unprecedented protests

History revision: Saurav Datta on why India’s colonial laws haven’t changed

Brain unboxed: Rachael Jolley interviews scientist Jim Al-Khalili

Future imperfect: Jason Daponte explores online copying, control and protection

Degree of inequality: Jemimah Steinfeld reveals how China’s education system discriminates against women

Head to head: Richard Sambrook and Bruno Torturra debate whether big or small media have the control

On the ground in Argentina: Adrian Bono on the president’s love of one-way communication

On the ground in South Korea: Sybil Jones shares first-hand knowledge and looks at how news slips out


Index on Censorship magazine was started in 1972 and remains the only global magazine dedicated to free expression. Past contributors include Samuel Beckett, Gabriel García Marquéz, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and many more.

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Vicky Baker

Vicky Baker is the former deputy editor of Index on Censorship magazine.

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