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Banning us from watching this video of a criminal act is a step too far

Banning us from watching this video of a criminal act is a step too far

There is a difference between individuals exercising their right not to view or share a video, and companies such as Twitter -- or indeed the police force -- denying people the right to view it, writes Index CEO Jodie Ginsberg

Pakistan: Historic conviction for journalist killers

Pakistan: Historic conviction for journalist killers

Guilty verdict a step forward in fight against impunity. Zofeen Ebrahim reports

David Miranda Media Coalition Submissions Final

Life After Leveson: Media Freedom in the UK (19 Feb)

Life After Leveson: Media Freedom in the UK (19 Feb)

  Join Index on Censorship for a lively discussion of the past and future of Britain’s free press. 2014 is set to be a pivotal year for UK media. The new defamation law will see its first tests, and the press and campaigners are rushing to establish a new regulator.

Belarus: ‘Morality officials’ censor Elton John

The Belarusian “Public Council of Morality” have attempted to tone down any suggestion of homosexuality during Elton John’s imminent performance in Minsk. State officials have asked the singer’s management for early Elton albums to ensure that they are not “inconsistent with the law and morality”. Previous pride march attempts have

Congo: Human rights chief discovered dead

Floribert Chebeya, 47, the president of the human rights organisation La Voix des Sans-voix (Voice of the Voiceless) has been found dead in his car in Kinshasa. Despite a series of text messages and phone messages sent by the victim on the evening of his disappearance, local police remain undecided as

Twitter bomb joker to appeal conviction

Paul Chambers is to appeal against his conviction for sending a threatening message on the social media site Twitter. The trainee accountant, 26, the tweeted “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!” On 10

Tintin ban is tantamount to “book burning”

A court case in Belgium has heard lawyers representing Georges Remi, the cartoonist behind the children’s sleuth Tintin, attack calls by critics to ban the stories as “like burning books”. Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, a Congolese man based in Brussels, has been pursuing Tintin’s publishers and copyright holders in the civil

Facebook admits to censoring site in Pakistan

Facebook admitted on 1 June that it has now blocked Pakistani users from accessing the page Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. A company spokesperson claimed the restrictions were placed “out of respect for local rules”. Pakistan temporarily banned Facebook website on May 19, Bangladesh banned the site on 29 May because

Bahrain bans advisor’s memoir

The diary of a British advisor to Bahraini government has been banned after new material was added to the latest edition. The 600 page book narrates historically significant events during Charles Belgrave’s time in the country from 1926 to 1957. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights believes the book was banned because

Sued by a holy man

Sued by a holy man

Michael Harris interviews Hardeep Singh, the recent victor of the libel trial, His Holiness v Singh. What's it like to be sued by a "holy man"?

Egypt: Minister accuses journalist of libel

Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit filed a lawsuit against opposition writer Hamdi Kandil for insult and libel on 19 May. Kandil wrote an opinion piece in Al-Shuruq newspaper, entitled Huan al Watan Wa Huan Almutan (Humiliation of homeland and the citizen) in which here he criticises the minister and highlights government

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