Index on Censorship » Events http://www.indexoncensorship.org the voice of free expression Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:50:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=499 the voice of free expression Index on Censorship no the voice of free expression Index on Censorship » Events http://www.indexoncensorship.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Free_Speech_Bites_Logo.jpg http://www.indexoncensorship.org/category/events/ 21 April: Whose story is it anyway? http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/21-april-whose-story-anyway/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/21-april-whose-story-anyway/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:13:11 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=64319 Writers discuss the representation of refugees in novels and plays. What ethical questions are involved? Is there a responsibility to represent refugees positively?

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Clockwise from top left: Nadifa Mohamed, Chris Cleave, Zodwa Nyoni, Tim Finch

Clockwise from top left: Nadifa Mohamed, Chris Cleave, Zodwa Nyoni, Tim Finch

Writers discuss the representation of refugees in novels and plays. What ethical questions are involved? Is there a responsibility to represent refugees positively? How do you balance reportage with storytelling? What responsibility, if any, does the creative writer have to represent refugees positively or to tackle negative views?

Featured writers:

Nadifa Mohamed, author of Black Mamba Boy (winner of the Betty Trask Prize) and The Orchard Of Lost Souls. (“A haunting and intimate portrait of the lives of women in war-torn Somalia . . . it captures the bleakness of war and the triumph of the human spirit.” —Meenakshi Venkat, New York Journal of Books)

Chris Cleave, author of books including The Other Hand (“A powerful piece of art… shocking, exciting and deeply affecting.” – Independent). His other novels are Incendiary and Gold. He won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was short-listed for the Costa Book Prize for The Other Hand.

Zodwa Nyoni, poet and playwright whose play Nine Lives is set to for a UK Tour later this year (“Nyoni’s interweaving of naturalism and poetry is superb, and lifts this show far beyond documentary, into unforgettable solo drama about one of the key experiences of our time.” The Scotsman). Her new play Boi Boi Is Dead also opens in 2015.

Tim Finch, author of The House Of Journalists (“A savagely funny broadside aimed at the industry of suffering” Metro “[An] effective mixture of often-light comedy and often-brutal reportage from the front line against tyranny” Daily Mail) and former Director of Communications at the Refugee Council.

Presented by Counterpoints Arts and Platforma Arts & Refugees Network in association with Index On Censorship.

Where: RichMix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
When: Tue 21 April, 7:30pm
Tickets: £5 / Book here

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25 Feb: Screening and discussion about Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/25-feb-screening-discussion-cartoonists-foot-soldiers-democracy/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/25-feb-screening-discussion-cartoonists-foot-soldiers-democracy/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:15:15 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=64326 In the wake of the recent tragic events in Paris, this powerful and moving film follows 12 loveable and courageous cartoonists – from Tel Aviv, Moscow, New York, Caracas, and Paris – as they brilliantly capture the comedy and tragedy in the world, armed with just a pencil

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Screening: Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Directed by Stéphanie Valloatto | 2013 | French with English Subtitles | 110 Mins

In the wake of the recent tragic events in Paris, this powerful and moving film follows 12 loveable and courageous cartoonists – from Tel Aviv, Moscow, New York, Caracas, and Paris – as they brilliantly capture the comedy and tragedy in the world, armed with just a pencil.

Produced by acclaimed Jewish director Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become, The Concert), Cartoonists is a unique opportunity to explore close-up the difficullties and dangers for those who practice this extraordinary profession. ‘The cartoonists permanently test the degree of democracy in their country and put themselves in the frontline’ explains Mihaileanu, ‘they are the foot soldiers of democracy’.

‘Just like the best political cartoons, Cartoonists manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny’ – Hollywood Reporter

This screening will be followed by a discussion featuring:

Martha Richler, an acclaimed political cartoonist, whose cartoons are also represented in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in the Charles Saatchi Collection.

David Aaronovitch, a journalist and a regular columnist for The Times, and author (Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country, Voodoo Histories: the role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History). He won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2001, and the What the Papers Say “Columnist of the Year” award for 2003.

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, and a former Bureau Chief of Reuters in the UK.

Where: JW3 Howard Hall 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET
When: Wednesday 25 February 2015 8.00pm
Tickets: £5-£10 / Book here

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13 Feb: The Content and Context of Charlie Hebdo – Protecting freedom of expression and combating “hate speech” http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/13-feb-content-context-charlie-hebdo-protecting-freedom-expression-combating-hate-speech/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/13-feb-content-context-charlie-hebdo-protecting-freedom-expression-combating-hate-speech/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:20:38 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63893 The attack on Charlie Hebdo dramatically increased the pressure on freedom of speech in all of Europe. How do we respond to audiences who do not recognize satire as a legitimate form of free expression, without increasing this pressure?

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A book event on “The Content and Context of Hate Speech – Rethinking Regulation and Responses” edited by Michael Herz and Peter Molnar (Cambridge UP 2012)

Hosts: The Rafto Foundation, Vivarta, Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Index on Censorship.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo dramatically increased the pressure on freedom of speech in all of Europe. How do we respond to audiences who do not recognize satire as a legitimate form of free expression, without increasing this pressure?

All are invited to this public discussion with leading thinkers and activists, starting with a reception including short slam poetry performances at 6 pm.

PANEL:
– Jodie Ginsberg, CEO Index on Censorship (moderator)
– Peter Molnar, free speech scholar, writer, slammer, radio host (CEU), Radio Forbidden)
– Rashad Ali, Director of CENTRI, Senior Fellow to ISD
– Timothy Garton Ash, Director of freespeechdebate.com, Oxford University

Where: Free Word Centre
, 60 Farringdon Road
, London, EC1R 3GA
When: Friday 13 Feb at 6pm
Tickets: Free entrance

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19 Feb: As long as it’s funny – a discussion about comedy and censorship http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/19-feb-long-funny-discussion-comedy-censorship/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/19-feb-long-funny-discussion-comedy-censorship/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:58:50 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63735 The London Irish Comedy Festival is hosting a free event about comedy and censorship. Controversy has always surrounded the comedy industry, from stand-up to sitcom to satire. During the discussion, ethics, censorship, freedom of expression and taste will be explored by special guest panellists and the audience. What makes us sometimes laugh at the very worst […]

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The London Irish Comedy Festival is hosting a free event about comedy and censorship.

Controversy has always surrounded the comedy industry, from stand-up to sitcom to satire. During the discussion, ethics, censorship, freedom of expression and taste will be explored by special guest panellists and the audience.

  • What makes us sometimes laugh at the very worst of human nature?
  • Is comedy a natural and positive way of coping with horror?
  • When is a joke just too offensive to use?
  • When exactly is “too soon”?
  • What’s off limits?
  • Is every aspect of life fair game?

Join the London Irish Comedy Festival to grapple with these and many other questions in a provocative and interactive event.

PANELLISTS INCLUDE
Steve Moore, Entrepreneur, Campaigner and Facilitator
Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship
Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy, Talent Development & Music, RTÉ
Austin Harney, Chair, Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities
Gráinne Maguire, stand-up comedian, comedy writer and columnist

WHERE: Comedy Café Theatre, 68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY
WHEN: Thursday 19th February 2015 – 8:00pm
TICKETS: Free but must be reserved – available here

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10 Feb: Counter-censorship workshop http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/10-feb-counter-censorship-workshop/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/10-feb-counter-censorship-workshop/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63282 Index on Censorship is hosting a workshop on how ​the next generation of ​journalists can address threats and challenges to ​their freedom in Europe.

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​In 2015 and beyond, there is a world of new challenges for the journalist — from legal threats​, online harassment and intimidation​,​ ​to ​surveillance and physical attacks​.​

Index staff, guest speakers and participants will discuss risks and challenges, highlight ​effective ​measures​ that​ exist​ to combat these, and​ share experience and best practice.

An introduction to digital security and training material including Security-In-A-Box will also be provided.

This workshop is for young journalists and students in journalism. Participation is free of charge but limited to 20 participants.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Jessica Elgot, Assistant News Editor, Huffington Post UK
Amie Ferris-Rotman, Journalist, formerly Reuters senior correspondent in Kabul, Afghanistan
Melody Patry, Senior Advocacy Officer, Index on Censorship
Ben Whitelaw, Head of Community and Digital Development, The Times

WHERE: Index on Censorship offices, 92-94 Tooley Street, SE1 2TH London
WHEN: Tuesday 10 February 2015, 6pm
TICKETS: Tickets are available here on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is mandatory.

For more information about the workshop, please email melody@indexoncensorship.org.

This event is supported by the European Commission and is part of Index’s media freedom mapping project that monitors censorship in the European Union.

 

Download the slides presented at the workshop.

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10 Feb: Four years of revolution: Bahrainis insist on political change http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/10-feb-four-years-revolution-bahrainis-insist-political-change/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/10-feb-four-years-revolution-bahrainis-insist-political-change/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:02:46 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63920 Lord Avebury, the Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group cordially invites you to a press conference on: Four years of revolution: Bahrainis insist on political change Four years ago the people of Bahrain flocked to the streets in their thousands seeking fundamental political change after decades of discriminatory rule. They were repressed by […]

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Lord Avebury, the Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group cordially invites you to a press conference on:

Four years of revolution: Bahrainis insist on political change

Four years ago the people of Bahrain flocked to the streets in their thousands seeking fundamental political change after decades of discriminatory rule. They were repressed by the regime which adopted reprehensible tactics including systematic torture, extra-judicial killing, and the revocation of citizenships. The UK Government has chosen to stand by the regime, turning a blind eye to its rights abuses. It is time for the UK to change direction on Bahrain starting by designating it as a “country of concern” in line with the Foreign Affairs Committee recommendations.

WHERE: Fielden House, 13 Little College Street, London SW1P 3SH
WHEN: Tuesday 10 February 2015, 11:00am

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30 Jan: Walking the Tightrope – the tension between art and politics http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/30-jan-walking-tightrope-tension-art-politics/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/30-jan-walking-tightrope-tension-art-politics/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:23:54 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63197 Presenting the world premiere of a collection of 12 explosive political five minute plays by writers including Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute and Caryl Churchill. Arising from events and decisions relating to The Underbelly and Incubator Theatre’s The City, Exhibit B and the Barbican, and The Tricycle Theatre. Each performance will include all twelve five minute plays and a […]

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Presenting the world premiere of a collection of 12 explosive political five minute plays by writers including Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute and Caryl Churchill.

Arising from events and decisions relating to The Underbelly and Incubator Theatre’s The City, Exhibit B and the Barbican, and The Tricycle Theatre.

Each performance will include all twelve five minute plays and a lively post-show discussion exploring freedom of expression in UK arts today. Engage in discussion with the commissioned writers and a range of free expression advocates .

The post-show debate on on Friday 30th January will feature Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg.

 

WHERE: Theatre Delicatessen, London, EC1R 3ER
WHEN:  Monday 26th – Saturday 31st January,  7:30pm & Sat Matinee
TICKETS: £15 / £12 – available here

 

This event is produced by Offstage Theatre, in association with Theatre Uncut, and supported by Index on Censorship and Free Word.

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23 Jan: Vigil for Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/16-jan-vigil-saudi-blogger-sentenced-1000-lashes/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/16-jan-vigil-saudi-blogger-sentenced-1000-lashes/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:31:21 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63098 Index on Censorship, English PEN and Article 19 will hold a peaceful vigil in front of the embassy of Saudi Arabia at 9am on Friday 23 January in condemnation of the ongoing flogging and imprisonment of Raif Badawi. Please meet at the Curzon Street side of the embassy. Blogger and activist Badawi will receive his […]

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Index on Censorship, English PEN and Article 19 will hold a peaceful vigil in front of the embassy of Saudi Arabia at 9am on Friday 23 January in condemnation of the ongoing flogging and imprisonment of Raif Badawi. Please meet at the Curzon Street side of the embassy.

Blogger and activist Badawi will receive his second set of 50 lashes on the 23rd after a postponement on Friday Jan 16 to let the wounds from his first 50 lashes heal. Badawi’s punishment will continue every week until 1,000 lashes have been given. He is being punished for speaking out against Islam and powerful Saudi religious figures on his blog, Free Saudi Liberals, which encouraged political debate. As well as the lashings, he has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 1 million riyals (£175,000).

He received his first 50 lashes in the port city of Jeddah on Friday 9 January. An anonymous witness said:

“A security officer approached him from behind with a huge cane and started beating him. Raif raised his head towards the sky, closing his eyes and arching his back. He was silent, but you could tell from his face and his body that he was in real pain. The officer beat Raif on his back and legs, counting the lashes until they reached 50.”

It’s crucial that we take a stand against the Saudi government’s brutal treatment of this political prisoner. Every week that Raif Badawi is dragged to the public square in Jeddah and given another 50 lashes for exercising his right to freedom of expression, scores of Saudi activists will muffle themselves in fear of a similar reprisal.

We call on the Saudi government to stop this extreme punishment, and to release Raif immediately.

Join us at 9am. Please meet at the Curzon Street side of the embassy.

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2 Feb: Index magazine debate: Do we need a First Amendment in the UK? http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/2-feb-index-magazine-debate-living-without-need-1st-amendment-uk/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/2-feb-index-magazine-debate-living-without-need-1st-amendment-uk/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:25:55 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63003 Index on Censorship launch our Winter 2015 magazine on a historic day at the British Library

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On the day when the four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta are being briefly brought together for the first time, join us to debate whether we need a US-style written First Amendment?

With a panel hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, speakers include former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, academic Sarah Churchwell, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre Madani Younis and political analyst Peter Kellner.

Please note that the debate is invitation only, please email events@indexoncensorship.org if you are interested in attending.

WHERE: British Library, London
WHEN: Monday 2 February 2015, 5:30pm

This event is presented in association with the British Library

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27 Nov: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case – film screening + Q&A http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/11/27-nov-ai-weiwei-fake-case-film-screening-qa/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/11/27-nov-ai-weiwei-fake-case-film-screening-qa/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:01:31 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=62007 Join Index for a screening and discussion of Andreas Johnsen's acclaimed documentary about the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

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Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen documents, over the course of four years, the high-profile court battle between world renowned artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the Chinese authorities.

Detained for alleged tax evasion, Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in a cell with two guards watching his every move. On probation at the time of filming, and deeply affected by his ordeal, the artist continues to proclaim his innocence, despite the authorities’ unrelenting attempts to silence him. Johnsen’s candid portrait digs deep into the life and mind of a man single-handedly battling for the truth behind what has come to be known as a multi-million dollar “fake case”.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with film-maker Andreas Johnsen, chaired by Index on Censorship’s David Heinemann

WHERE: Hackney Picturehouse, London, E8 1HE
WHEN: Thursday 27 November 2014, 20:30 followed by Q&A
TICKETS: Available Here

This event is presented as part of the Nordic Film Festival

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