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Contra Band: Censored songs from Brazil and the UK

Contra Band: Censored songs from Brazil and the UK

Join Index and Up Projects tomorrow: Contra Band is a new commission, by Leah Lovett, which brings together musicians and audiences from Brazil and the UK for an experimental live performance of songs censored in both countries between 1964-1985.

Brazil’s Luiz Ruffato: “We must defend freedom under any circumstance”

Brazil’s Luiz Ruffato: “We must defend freedom under any circumstance”

While researching Brazil's legislation called the biographies' law, Index on Censorship's Brazil contibutor Simone Marques spoke to award-winning Brazilian author Luiz Ruffato, whose works include acclaimed novel They Were Many Horses.

Brazil’s banned biographies: When public figures want to control the message

Brazil’s banned biographies: When public figures want to control the message

With the World Cup in the rear view mirror, our contributor Simone Marques, explores the battle over censorship of unauthorised biographies and the last minute amendment that could cause more trouble for free expression in Brazil.

Petition calls on Met Opera to reverse Death of Klinghoffer decision

Petition calls on Met Opera to reverse Death of Klinghoffer decision

A petition campaign is calling on New York's Metropolitan Opera to reverse a decision to cancel a simulcast of composer John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer.

Brazil must build on Marco Civil to protect free expression

Brazil must build on Marco Civil to protect free expression

With the adoption of a progressive legislation on internet rights, Brazil is taking the lead in digital freedom, but more works needs to be done to protect freedom of expression.

Internet governance: Brazil taking the lead in international debates

Internet governance: Brazil taking the lead in international debates

Key debates are under way at international level on internet governance, with crucial decisions up for grabs that could determine whether the internet remains a broadly free and open space, with a bottom up approach to its operation – as exemplified in part by the multistakeholder approach – or becomes

Brazil: Digital access and inclusion

Brazil: Digital access and inclusion

Brazil is the world’s second-biggest user of both Facebook and Twitter, with already 65 million Facebook users and 41.2 million tweeters and counting.

Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

The archdiocese of Rio is offended and reportedly threatening to sue Italian broadcaster RAI for an advert showing the Christ The Redeemer statue wearing the Italy Jersey. Such complaints of “offence” are really demands for “respect” -- in the Corleone sense

Brazil: Towards an internet “bill of rights”

Brazil: Towards an internet “bill of rights”

When it comes to the internet, Brazil is a conundrum. On the one hand it is among the top requesters to Google and other internet firms for content takedowns. On the other hand, Brazil has passed a progressive law -- Marco Civil -- putting it on a footing to be

Good sports: Which free-speech offending countries should we blow the whistle on?

Good sports: Which free-speech offending countries should we blow the whistle on?

Against the backdrop of the World Cup in Brazil, we ask how, during global sporting events, should we respond to countries that repress their citizen's free expression? Should we engage or ignore?

Index report: Can Brazil be the global referee for internet freedom?

Index report: Can Brazil be the global referee for internet freedom?

World Cup host country Brazil has the potential to become an influential, global leader in digital rights -- but that will depend on key decisions taken in the coming months

Brazil: Religious intolerance on the rise

Brazil: Religious intolerance on the rise

A request to remove 16 videos from YouTube has sparked a broad debate on the limits of freedom of speech and religious expression in Brazil. Simone Marques reports

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