Index on Censorship » Events http://www.indexoncensorship.org the voice of free expression Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:11:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=193 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/ Recap report: Index on Censorship at the north east British Youth Council Convention http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/recap-report-index-censorship-north-east-british-youth-council-convention-11th-october-2014/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/recap-report-index-censorship-north-east-british-youth-council-convention-11th-october-2014/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:39:52 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60846 Index on Censorship visited the British Youth Council’s Convention for the north-east to hear what they thought about the key free speech issues of the moment. The two groups looked at our Draw the Line question for the month “Should the police do more to protect free speech?” and quickly realised that there was a delicate […]

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Index on Censorship visited the British Youth Council’s Convention for the north-east to hear what they thought about the key free speech issues of the moment.

The two groups looked at our Draw the Line question for the month “Should the police do more to protect free speech?” and quickly realised that there was a delicate balance between the need to keep the peace and the police’s over-involvement in what people can and cannot say or do. Here are some of the responses of the group:

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Recap report: Draw the Line – The fuzz and free speech: Should the police do more? http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/recap-report-draw-line-fuzz-free-speech-police/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/recap-report-draw-line-fuzz-free-speech-police/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60838 For this month’s Draw the Line event, Index on Censorship held a workshop to discuss what role the police should play in encouraging or protecting freedom of expression. The debate kicked off asking if the police should have a role in protecting free speech at all. The group’s opinion varied with some thinking it was not […]

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For this month’s Draw the Line event, Index on Censorship held a workshop to discuss what role the police should play in encouraging or protecting freedom of expression. The debate kicked off asking if the police should have a role in protecting free speech at all. The group’s opinion varied with some thinking it was not in their remit while others thought that the police ultimately restricted free speech.

Morgan Meaker, a member of our Youth Advisory Board, then interviewed the schools officer for the London borough of Southwark on what his views were on the police’s role in protecting free speech. He suggested that it was not the responsibility of the police, but the people who make the laws which protect our human rights. When questioned about the police’s involvement in the recent arrests of several trolls on Twitter he said that if someone is breaking the law and threatening someone then the police have every right to arrest that person, but with online abuse the issues become more complicated.

This gave the group more to think about as they took on some real-world case examples and had to decide how they would respond if they were a police officer. One of the case studies covered online abuse and the other the role of police during protests. The groups carefully considered how they might handle these situations and concluded that while there were no clear cut answers that the police did have a role, but it was difficult as they couldn’t create the laws and could only enforce them.

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15 Oct: Press Conference with recently freed Bahrain activist Maryam Alkhawaja http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/press-conference-recently-freed-bahrain-activist-maryam-alkhawaja/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/press-conference-recently-freed-bahrain-activist-maryam-alkhawaja/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:50:49 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60805 Bahrain human rights defender and 2012 Index Award Winner Nabeel Rajab is being detained and facing trial under arrest for peacefully expressing his views on Twitter. Please join Index on Censorship and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) for a press conference with Bahraini activist and Co-Director of Gulf Centre for Human Rights […]

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Bahrain human rights defender and 2012 Index Award Winner Nabeel Rajab is being detained and facing trial under arrest for peacefully expressing his views on Twitter.

Please join Index on Censorship and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) for a press conference with Bahraini activist and Co-Director of Gulf Centre for Human Rights Maryam Alkhawaja, who was released from prison three weeks ago, to discuss Nabeel Rajab’s detention and the recent developments in Bahrain.

WHEN: Wednesday October 15 at 11.00am

WHERE: Index on Censorship office: 92-94 Tooley Street, SE1 2TH, London.

For more information and to RSVP, please email fiona@indexoncensorship.org or call 0207 260 2660

Background for editors

Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, is being charged for “insulting a public institution” over a tweet.

The arrest came less than 24 hours after Rajab returned to Bahrain from an advocacy trip where he spent over two months traveling throughout Europe to advocate for human rights in Bahrain. He also attended the UN 27th Human Rights Council Sessions to advocate for human rights in Bahrain and campaign for greater support to the Bahraini people’s struggle for rights and democracy.

Rajab was imprisoned in Bahrain for two years between July 2012 and May 2014 for exercising his right to freedom of assembly by participating in and calling for peaceful protests, in the capital city Manama, in defence of people’s rights. Before that he was prosecuted on multiple occasions for his tweets. Rajab has over 239,000 followers on twitter (@NabeelRajab) and his voice online is one of the most prominent in Bahrain, and across the Middle East. Following his release, Rajab continued to receive threats of repeated arrested, but was determined to continue with his peaceful human rights work.

Human rights activist Maryam Alkhawaja was released from prison in Bahrain in September but the charges against her still stand. Alkhawaja was arrested when she travelled to Bahrain to visit her father, prominent human rights defender and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Abdulhadi Alkhawaja.

This will be her first UK press conference since her release.

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Sold out: Autumn magazine debate 22 Oct http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/save-date-autumn-magazine-launch-22-oct/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/10/save-date-autumn-magazine-launch-22-oct/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:23:45 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59977 Don't miss the launch of the autumn edition of the Index on Censorship magazine, where there will be lively, participatory discussion, interrogating and debating the question: Eyes Wide Shut? Will the future of journalism mean we are any better informed?

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This event is SOLD OUT. A live stream will be available here of the event or please email javiera@indexoncensorship.org to be added to the waiting list.

Don’t miss the launch of the autumn edition of the Index on Censorship magazine, where there will be lively discussion around the question: Eyes Wide Shut? Will The Future of Journalism Mean We Are Any Better Informed? The discussion will tackle questions about whether changes within journalism will leave the public knowing more or less than they have in the past. Will new technologies bring us greater depth of information? Will news survive or will celebrity gossip take over? Will citizen journalism carry more weight than traditional TV channels?

The event will be chaired by columnist, author and Index chairman David Aaronovitch, and introduced by Index on Censorship magazine editor Rachael Jolley.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Sambrook: professor of journalism and director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University and former director of global news at the BBC.
  • Raymond Joseph: data journalist and former regional editor of the South African Sunday Times.
  • Rachel Briggs: director of Hostage UK and deputy director of the Institute of Strategic Dialogue.
  • Amie Ferris-Rotman: John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and former senior correspondent for Reuters in Afghanistan.

WHEN: 630pm, Wednesday 22 October

WHERE: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ (map)

This event is SOLD OUT. A live stream of the event will be available from this page on Oct 22.

See footage from the launch of the summer magazine here.

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9 Oct: Draw the Line – The fuzz and free speech: Should the police do more? http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/fuzz-free-speech-police/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/fuzz-free-speech-police/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:22:00 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60324 The police play an important part in civil society but how far should they go in protecting free speech? Join us on 9 Oct to debate about where to draw the line.

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**UPDATE 02/10/14: Index will be joined by the Schools Officer Pc for Southwark to discuss the police’s role in freedom of expression.**

The police play an important part in civil society but how far should they go in protecting free speech?

The recent protests in Ferguson have received international attention as police and protesters continue to clash, but are the police just doing their job and keeping the peace? This situation has been replicated all over the world as police and public battle over civil liberties both in the streets and online, but we want to know – what do you think?

For this month’s Draw the Line event, Index on Censorship wants to know if you think the police should do more to protect our right to free speech?

Join Index on Censorship and industry professionals as we debate, discuss and explore what role do you think the police should play in protecting our right to free speech and where do you draw the line?

WHEN: Thursday 9th October, 6pm

WHERE: Index on Censorship, 92-94 Tooley St, London, SE1 2TH

TICKETS: This event is FREE for under 25s but please RSVP here.

If you need any more information please contact Fiona Bradley on fiona@indexoncensorship.org

 

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Senegal: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 2 Oct http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/senegal-frontline-freespeech-workshop/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/senegal-frontline-freespeech-workshop/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:04:02 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60290 Index on Censorship in association with ARTICLE 19, Senegal, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure. This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship […]

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Index on Censorship in association with ARTICLE 19, Senegal, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship challenges and to build impactful free speech networks in Senegal.

A wide audience are expected to attend the workshop: campaigners, community leaders, network co-ordinators, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, artists, scholars and representatives of minority groups facing free expression challenges alongside key human rights organisations and independent media.

Thursday 2 October 2014
West African Research Center (WARC)
Street E x Leon Gontran Damas Fann
Residence, BP 5456 Dakar-Fann

To RSVP for this workshop please email Khadidiatou Diaw, Khadidiatou@article19.org, +221 33 869 03 22

Registration will close on Thursday 25 September 2014 | PDF

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Tunisia: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 30 Sept http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/tunisia-frontline-freespeech-workshop-30-sept/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/tunisia-frontline-freespeech-workshop-30-sept/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:56:51 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60287 Index on Censorship in association with Article 19, Tunisia, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure. This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship […]

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Index on Censorship in association with Article 19, Tunisia, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship challenges and to build impactful free speech networks in Tunisia.

A wide audience are expected to attend the workshop:campaigners, community leaders, network co-ordinators, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, artists, scholars and representatives of minority groups facing free expression challenges alongside key human rights organisations and independent media.

Tuesday 30 September 2014
Golden Tulip El Mechtel 3 Avenue Ouled
Haffouz | El Omrane, Tunis – Tunisia

To RSVP for this workshop please email Amira Cherif, amira.cherif@outlook.com, +21652479557

Registration will close on Tuesday 23 September 2014 | PDF

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India: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 24 Sept http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/india-frontline-freespeech-workshop/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/india-frontline-freespeech-workshop/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:49:14 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60280 Index on Censorship in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, India, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

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Index on Censorship in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, India, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship challenges and to build impactful free speech networks in India.

A wide audience are expected to attend the workshop: campaigners, community leaders, network co-ordinators, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, artists, scholars and representatives of minority groups facing free expression challenges alongside key human rights organisations and independent media.

Wednesday 24th September 2014
Business Management Academy, Bangalore

To RSVP for this workshop please email Avesta Choudhary, avesta@defindia.net, 011-26532786/87

Registration will close on Wednesday 17 September 2014 | PDF

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24 Sept: Free Banned Books Week Webinar http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/24-sept-free-banned-books-week-webinar/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/24-sept-free-banned-books-week-webinar/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:37 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60251 In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.

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Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST

In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers, and learners of all types. While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze passionate freedom-to-read advocates dedicated to getting the books back on library shelves. In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.

London, UK: Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, will start us off by discussing issues faced outside of the U.S. and how Index chooses to respond.

Charleston, South Carolina: We will then travel to Charleston — where the graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel has been a flashpoint in a university funding controversy — to hear from Shelia Harrell-Roye, a committee member from Charleston Friends of the Library. With the 2014 Banned Books Week focus on graphic novels, Harrell-Roye will discuss what her group has been doing to support this critically acclaimed book.

Houston, Texas: Moving westward, we will travel to Houston to hear from Tony Diaz, author, radio host, and leader of El Librotraficante. Diaz is a champion for banned books and for ethnic studies textbooks in both Arizona and Texas.

This banned books journey will end in California where Congresswoman Linda Sánchez of the CA 38th District, will offer some closing remarks about why the freedom to read is so important for our nation’s future. Afterward, our very own Ed McBride will wrap up the conversation from Thousand Oaks, CA.

Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST

Registration is free, but spaces are limited. (Note: On the following screens you will be asked to set your timezone preferences, then click register on the third screen to reserve your spot.)

Planning to attend? Let your social space know about this important event using #FreetoRead14.

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Save the Date: ArtFreedomWales Symposium 27 Nov http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/27th-nov-artfreedomwales-symposium/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/27th-nov-artfreedomwales-symposium/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:47:53 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59923 Join artists from all fields and working at all levels in Wales for an afternoon of participatory debate and open, honest discussion.

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ArtFreedomWales is part of Index on Censorship’s programme taking stock of the support for artistic expression across the arts sector in the UK and ArtFreedomWales focuses on the specific issues impacting on Welsh arts and culture.

Join artists from all fields and working at all levels in Wales for an afternoon of participatory debate and open, honest discussion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elen ap Roberts (Artistic Director, Pontio Centre of Arts and Innovation)
  • Dai Smith (Chair of Arts Council Wales)
  • Baroness Kay Andrews (Author of Tackling Poverty through Culture)
  • Lleucu Siencyn (CEO Literature Wales)
  • David Anderson (Director General of Museums Wales)
  • John McGrath (Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales)

 

WHEN: Thursday 27th November, 1pm – 6pm
WHERE: Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff (Map/directions)
TICKETS: £5 contribution to costs, available from Chapter Arts Centre Box Office.

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ArtFreedomWales: Google Hangouts With Artists From Across Wales

In the lead up to this event, we’re hosting online discussions with artists from across Wales. The first, asking whether Wales is a centre for artistic free expression featured Tim Price, Lisa Jen, Kathryn Gray and Leah Crossley. Watch it here.

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The second, exploring the situation for artists working in Welsh featured Bethan Jones Parry, Arwel Gruffydd, Bethan Marlow, Mari Emlyn and Iwan Williams. Watch it here.

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Two further discussions will follow in late September and early October – check back here for details. Collectively, these discussions will inform the agenda for the #ArtFreedomWales symposium.

 

ArtFreedomWales: Why We Are Doing This.

“Freedom of expression is not self-perpetuating, but needs to be maintained by the constant vigilance of those who care about it.” Michael Scammell – Index on Censorship Magazine 1972

We believe that freedom of artistic expression lies at the heart of artistic practice. Support for artistic freedom allows the artist to push boundaries, to say what is not being said, to imagine the world differently, to act as critic and to speak truth to power. Artistic freedom of expression thrives on risk and experimentation, embracing controversy and diversity of opinion. And there is a vibrant and essential debate triggered by challenging art.

You only have to think of what happens to artists in societies that are not free… But even in countries where freedoms are upheld as a core principle, artistic freedoms are all too easily eroded by social, political and sometimes legal constraints.

 

ArtFreedom: The UK Programme so far.

In 2013 we held a conference in London ‘Taking the Offensive’ hosted by Jude Kelly at the Southbank Centre to identify and explore the social, political and legal controls that shape our cultural landscape. Nicholas Serota gave an insightful keynote speech and amongst the contributors were lawyer Anthony Julius, Professor Mona Sidiqui, Sir Hugh Orde (President of the Association of Chief Police Officers), Sally Tallant (CEO Liverpool Biennial) and Moira Sinclair (Executive Director of Arts Council England). You can read a report here.

In May 2014, we held a symposium in Belfast exploring these issues in Northern Ireland with playwright Martin Lynch giving an opening provocation to a morning of artist focused debate and discussion.

ArtFreedomWales is funded by Arts Council Wales as part of our UK wide programme looking at freedom of expression in the arts.

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

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