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Azerbaijan: Azadliq forced to suspend publication

Azerbaijan: Azadliq forced to suspend publication

One of the few remaining independent media outlets in Azerbaijan, the 2014 Index on Censorship Guardian Journalism Award-winning newspaper Azadliq has been forced to suspend publication due to an ongoing financial crisis.

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.

Azerbaijani human rights defender charged with high treason

Azerbaijani human rights defender charged with high treason

Leyla Yunus has been charged with “high treason (article 274), tax evasion (article 213), illegal entrepreneurship (article 192), forged documentation (article 320) and fraud (article 178.3.2)”, reports Meydan TV.

Only two shades of grey in Azerbaijan

Only two shades of grey in Azerbaijan

It does not take a lot of time and effort to see that when it comes to Azerbaijan, views on the country’s freedom of expression record split in two. Azerbaijani blogger Arzu Geybulla writes
Human rights defender Leyla Yunus is detained again

House of Lords committee slams “right to be forgotten”

House of Lords committee slams “right to be forgotten”

The British House of Lords has slammed the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling by the court of justice of the European Union, deeming it "unworkable" and "wrong in principle".

Montenegro: Impunity is biggest threat to media freedom

Montenegro: Impunity is biggest threat to media freedom

Seven years after the brutal attack that nearly took the life of journalist Tufik Softic, Montenegrin police detained two men suspected of involvement of his attempted murder. For media unions and observers, the detentions were long overdue, but emblematic of the atmosphere of impunity in Montenegro.

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.

Padraig Reidy: How your well-meaning retweet can do more harm than good

Padraig Reidy: How your well-meaning retweet can do more harm than good

Whatever it is you care about, think before you tweet: Is this too good to be true? Do I have any way of checking this for myself?

Hungary: Council of Europe shares concern over NGO audits

Hungary: Council of Europe shares concern over NGO audits

Hungarian NGOs are facing a rough summer: The Government Control Office (KEHI) has launched a series of investigations into grants they received from the Norway Financial Mechanism.

Macedonia: Journalist arrested while covering rally in Skopje

Macedonia: Journalist arrested while covering rally in Skopje

Besim Ibrahimi, intern for the Albanian-language newspaper Lajm, was arrested on Saturday, 5 July during a rally against the jailing of alleged extremist ethnic Albanian Muslims for the "terrorist" murders of ethnic Macedonians.

Padraig Reidy: When truth is stranger than fiction

Padraig Reidy: When truth is stranger than fiction

Three years ago this week, David Cameron announced that a public inquiry into phone hacking would be set up, under the guidance of Lord Justice Leveson. It may be difficult to imagine now, but this was generally seen as a positive step.

Index Awards 2014: Catching up with arts nominee Meltem Arikan

Index Awards 2014: Catching up with arts nominee Meltem Arikan

The Turkish playwright and author has finished the script of a new play, "Sheep Republic", about oppression and how easily it is accepted