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Azerbaijan: Release Khalid Garayev, end witchhunt against journalists

Azerbaijan: Release Khalid Garayev, end witchhunt against journalists

A Baku court has sentenced opposition journalist Khalid Garayev to 25 days in detention, dealing a new blow to Azerbaijan’s independent media at a time when its civil society is being subjected to an unprecedented crackdown

Royal Albert Hall and Latvian music festival drawn into Russian culture war

Royal Albert Hall and Latvian music festival drawn into Russian culture war

At first glance, Latvia’s New Wave music festival and the iconic London concert hall might seem to have little in common. But both have recently been embroiled in the fallout from the crisis in Ukraine, James Montague reports

Russia: End the cycle of impunity

Aleksandr Bastrykin Head of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation 105005, Russia, Moscow, Technicheskii Lane, 2 Sunday 2 November 2014 Dear Mr Bastrykin, RE: Request for investigation into the murder of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev to be transferred to the Central Investigative Department of the Russian

Life is getting harder for objective journalists in Turkey, says cartoonist sued by Erdogan

Life is getting harder for objective journalists in Turkey, says cartoonist sued by Erdogan

Musa Kart faced nine year behind bars over a caricature of the Turkish president

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 crackdown continues with new arrest and activist deprived of lawyer

Azerbaijan crackdown continues with new arrest and activist deprived of lawyer

Journalist from opposition newspaper Azadliq sentenced to 25 days of administrative detention, as jailed activist says she has been denied access to her lawyer

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 at Ovalhouse theatre in south London

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”

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