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Padraig Reidy: Sympathy for the devil

Padraig Reidy: Sympathy for the devil

The very personification of evil is invoked more often than not by those who wish to see his hand in simple things they do not like or do not understand

Serbian prime minister grilled on press freedom at London event

Serbian prime minister grilled on press freedom at London event

Controversy surrounded Aleksandar Vucic’s Monday night lecture at the London School of Economics

Azerbaijan: Detention of political prisoner extended as crackdown continues

Azerbaijan: Detention of political prisoner extended as crackdown continues

Arif Yunus, husband of human rights activist Leyla Yunus, has had his pretrial detention extended until 5 March, 2015. This comes after authorities announced that police will be able to use electric shockers.

Recap Report: Draw the Line workshop with Ovalhouse Young Associates

Recap Report: Draw the Line workshop with Ovalhouse Young Associates

Index on Censorship held its latest Draw the Line workshop with the young associates of Ovalhouse theatre in south London. The young associates are the theatre’s steering group for the national Truth about Youth initiative, which aims to challenge and change negative perceptions about young people, by supporting projects which enable them to

Hungarians take to the streets to protest “internet tax”

Hungarians take to the streets to protest “internet tax”

Barring a u-turn from the Hungarian government, demonstrators will return to the streets of Budapest this afternoon to oppose Prime Minster Viktor Orban’s plans to tax the internet

Erdogan cartoons: how artists responded to case against a Turkish colleague

Erdogan cartoons: how artists responded to case against a Turkish colleague

When political cartoonist Musa Kart faced nine years in prison for “insulting” President Erdogan, his colleagues from around the world showed solidarity through their own caricatures

The future of journalism: “the world is going to be less informed”

There was a lively debate about whether future journalism will make the public more informed at the launch of the latest Index on Censorship magazine at the Frontline Club

Grayling’s plans for tougher sentencing are unlikely to act as a deterrent to trolls

The UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced plans to increase the maximum prison sentence for online abuse, or trolling, to two years. Laws already exist for dealing with harassment and threats of violence, and the Crown Prosecution Service last year issued clear and strict guidelines on what kind of

Rights groups call on UK to press Bahrain to release human rights defenders

Rights groups call on UK to press Bahrain to release human rights defenders

Nine human rights organisations called on the British government on Friday to speak out publicly in the case of activists currently being detained in Bahrain. Prominent human rights defenders Nabeel Rajab, Zainab Al-Khawaja and Ghada Jamsheer have all been arrested and face lengthy prison sentences in Bahrain for cases of

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment against investigative journalist

The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her. Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in

Padraig Reidy: Collective outrage and imagined slights

Padraig Reidy: Collective outrage and imagined slights

Padraig Reidy explores when writers are attacked for using their imaginations.

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

The ministry has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to close the International Memorial Society, Jennifer Janiak reports

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