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Padraig Reidy: George Galloway’s dear tweeter letters

Padraig Reidy: George Galloway’s dear tweeter letters

TV presenter George Galloway has taken to wearing a black fedora, indoors. I know this, because I have seen him doing so on at least one of his TV shows

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominee Soldiers’ Mothers

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominee Soldiers’ Mothers

Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia is an NGO network dedicated to improving transparency and exposing human rights abuses in the Russian military

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominees Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominees Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak

Professors Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak are cyber-law experts and internet rights activists who have campaigned vigorously against the Turkish government’s increasingly restrictive internet access laws

Padraig Reidy: There is not a limited amount of free speech to go round

Padraig Reidy: There is not a limited amount of free speech to go round

There is, I am told, a war going on in feminism. A war between “intersectionalists” (I think) and TERFs (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists, as far as I can tell).

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Rory “Panti Bliss” O’Neill

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Rory “Panti Bliss” O’Neill

Rory O’Neill is a Dublin-based stand-up comedian and self-described accidental activist for gay rights, who sees his duty as “to say the unsayable”.

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Ekho Moskvy

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Ekho Moskvy

One of few media outlets that is critical of Vladimir Putin’s regime, the radio station is revered by many as the last bastion of free speech in the country

Padraig Reidy: We can’t allow responsibilities to come before rights

Padraig Reidy: We can’t allow responsibilities to come before rights

The fact that people are being murdered for who they are rather than what they did should make us realise that there is no responsibility we can exercise that will mitigate the core problem

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Lirio Abbate

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Lirio Abbate

Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2015 journalism nominee Lirio Abbate is an investigative journalist working for the weekly news magazine L’Espresso.

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Safa Al Ahmad

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Safa Al Ahmad

Safa Al Ahmad is a Saudi journalist and documentary maker who has spent the last three years covertly filming an unreported mass uprising in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

Jodie Ginsberg: The right to free speech means nothing without the right to offend

Jodie Ginsberg: The right to free speech means nothing without the right to offend

If the murders in Paris and now Copenhagen frighten us into silence they will have achieved their goal. That is why it is so vital that we continue to talk, and to listen

Jacob Mchangama: A dangerous evolution of the assassin’s veto

Jacob Mchangama: A dangerous evolution of the assassin’s veto

To earn a death sentence for offending Islam, it is no longer necessary to actually make “offensive” expressions or caricatures. Participating in a public debate on free speech and Islam will suffice.

Index on Censorship statement on blasphemy debate attack in Copenhagen

The use of violence on a gathering exploring the intersection of religious and artistic freedom should send shivers down our spines.

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