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India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift with India's mainstream press. Mahima Kaul reports

Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah”

Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah”

An appeal for Catholic newspaper The Herald to be allowed to print the word Allah in its Malaysian edition has been turned down. Tom Francis writes

Combatting the Snowden Effect: National interest and media freedom in Australia

Combatting the Snowden Effect: National interest and media freedom in Australia

A piece of proposed legislation in the senate in Australia is attempting to wrestle with the legacy of the Snowden leaks with potential implications for media freedom. Nicholas Williams reports

Are India’s internet laws ready for the digital age?

Are India’s internet laws ready for the digital age?

The Global Network Initiative and the Internet and Mobile Association of India have launched an interactive slide show exploring how India’'s internet and technology laws are holding back economic innovation and freedom of expression.

Padraig Reidy: Blasphemy laws protect only power, never people

Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.

Pakistan’s complicated media freedom threats

Pakistan’s complicated media freedom threats

Pakistan's journalists are daily confronted with a bleak statistic: Since 1992, 30 journalists have been murdered in Pakistan; 28 with impunity. Milana Knezevic reports

Thailand: Can the junta deliver on promises to “bring back happiness”?

Thailand: Can the junta deliver on promises to “bring back happiness”?

The junta’s message to the public is, don’t worry about the abrogation of human rights, freedom of assembly and the clampdown on the media, writes Tom McGregor

India’s social media “peace force”

India’s social media “peace force”

Indians have organised online to stop social media postings looking to incite communal tension. Will it work, and is it a threat to free expression? Mahima Kaul reports

The “slippery slope” of Chinese literary censorship

The “slippery slope” of Chinese literary censorship

American journalist Evan Osnos says he turned down the opportunity to publish a copy of his new book in China because censors asked for almost a quarter to be struck out. The case highlights the dilemma writers face publishing in a country now hungry for western works, reports Dinah Gardner

A meme is worth a thousand (banned) words in China

A meme is worth a thousand (banned) words in China

Comedic memes are the Achille’s heel of Chinese internet censors. Jemimah Steinfeld reports

World Cup 2014: What’s the score on freedom of expression?

World Cup 2014: What’s the score on freedom of expression?

Index has compiled some key stats for each World Cup country

Shubhranshu Choudhary: Using arts to help rural India speak out

Shubhranshu Choudhary: Using arts to help rural India speak out

The Index Award winner has launched a new project using song, dance and drama to teach rural Indians how to report on issues using their mobile phone

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