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Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t

Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t

Let’s not block out calls for censorship. But perhaps we can turn the tables on the cries of the censors, smile politely and continue about our grown-up business

26 Awst: Rhyddid Celf Cymru (Google Hangout, 11.30am)

26 Awst: Rhyddid Celf Cymru (Google Hangout, 11.30am)

Mae Index on Censorship yn falch o gyhoeddi y cyntaf o ddau ddigwyddiad mewn cyfres o drafodaethau ar-lein am ryddid mynegiant artistig yng Nghymru. Mae’r trafodaethau yn ran o raglen sydd yn edrych ar sut y mae rhyddid artistig yn cael ei ystyried, ei gefnogi, ei drafod a’i hyrwyddo ar

Azerbaijan: Letter from imprisoned human rights activist Rasul Jafarov

Azerbaijan: Letter from imprisoned human rights activist Rasul Jafarov

The renowned Azerbaijani dissident, held at a pre-trial detention centre in the capital Baku, has written an appeal to the international community

Poland: Dissident theatre director fired by city mayor

Poland: Dissident theatre director fired by city mayor

Ewa Wojciak and The Theatre of the Eighth Day speak out against injustices. It's deplorable that they should be repressed by the authorities of their city, writes Index contributor Tomasz Kitlinski

Turkey: Even mild criticism is not tolerated, says journalist labelled “shameless” by Erdogan

Turkey: Even mild criticism is not tolerated, says journalist labelled “shameless” by Erdogan

Index speaks to Amberin Zaman, the critical Turkish journalist who was recently told to "know [her] place" in a public tirade by president-elect Erdogan

Padraig Reidy: Football banter will always need its edge

Padraig Reidy: Football banter will always need its edge

Football banter (or, in modern usage, “bants” or even “#bantz”), can range from the strange to the self-deprecating to the plain awful, but it will always need its edge.

Letter: Wave of repression in Azerbaijan

Mr Thorbjørn Jagland Secretary General of the Council of Europe 67075 Strasbourg Cedex France Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 99 Email: private.office@coe.int 13 August 2014 Re: Wave of repression in Azerbaijan Dear Secretary General, We are writing to you to express our concern and disappointment with your 11 August

Bulgaria: Disputed sections of “bank censorship” proposal axed

Bulgaria: Disputed sections of “bank censorship” proposal axed

Bulgarian journalists covering the financial beat can breathe freely as the most controversial parts of the so-called "bank censorship" amendment to the Criminal Code have been removed by the legal committee of the National Assembly. Zoltan Sipos reports

Azerbaijan: Police search NGO offices

Azerbaijan: Police search NGO offices

Clampdown by authorities on human rights groups in Azerbaijan continues

Turkey: Presidential election shines spotlight on free speech challenges

Turkey: Presidential election shines spotlight on free speech challenges

Concerns about media and internet freedom as Erdogan looks set to make the switch from prime minister to president

Azerbaijan’s government detains human rights defenders

Azerbaijan’s government detains human rights defenders

Azerbaijani human rights activist Rasul Jafarov has been charged with tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship and power abuse and sentenced to three months of pre-trial detention. Jafarov’s detention follows the arrest last week of Leyla and Arif Yunus and the disappearance of the print edition of Azadliq.

Azadliq editor not hopeful for future of Azerbaijan’s last independent daily

Azadliq editor not hopeful for future of Azerbaijan’s last independent daily

Index Award winning Azadliq newspaper was forced into cancelling its print run last week with little hope of restoring its publication.

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