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Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Funny doesn’t work for dictatorships because funny usually involves humanity and vulnerability. This is the appeal of the viral video challenge.

Blunt instruments: Media repression in the Ukraine crisis

The sentencing of journalists for doing their jobs in Egypt has prompted an international outcry. But what happens when journalists are prevented from doing their jobs freely? Nicholas Williams reports

Voices from the frontlines of censorship: Andrei Soldatov

Voices from the frontlines of censorship: Andrei Soldatov

The beauty of the Russian approach to internet censorship is that it doesn’t need to be technically sophisticated to be efficient -- it's all about instigating self-censorship, writes Andrei Soldatov

Recap report: Beating retreat- Digital freedom in Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan

Recap report: Beating retreat- Digital freedom in Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan

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Group of death: The worst World Cup countries for free expression

Group of death: The worst World Cup countries for free expression

Index has looked at the countries taking part in arguably the biggest show on earth, and put together our own group of death -- the freedom of expression edition

Ukraine: Showing solidarity for a country in crisis

Ukraine: Showing solidarity for a country in crisis

On the eve of the Ukrainian election, intellectuals gathered in Kiev to discuss the country's ongoing crisis

Ben Jennings: Russia’s propaganda machine

Ben Jennings: Russia’s propaganda machine

This week cartoonist Ben Jennings takes on Vladimir Putin's information war.

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

Autocrats try to use international competitions to control the world’s view of them. We should beat them at their own games, writes Padraig Reidy

Five things we learned in a bad year for press freedom

Five things we learned in a bad year for press freedom

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, we look back at some of the threats faced by journalists in the last 12 months

Liberalising internet governance: ICANN and the role of governments

Liberalising internet governance: ICANN and the role of governments

Reforms are on the cards for internet governance, but no one seems to be clear what exactly these will do to the way the web is used. Sentiments of doom and gloom mix with utopian forecasts of freedom, Binoy Kampmark writes

Russia’s attack on internet freedom: “There is a lot of room for making things worse”

Russia’s attack on internet freedom: “There is a lot of room for making things worse”

It’s been a bad week for the internet in Russia, with the founder of "Russian Facebook" claiming that Putin loyalists have total control of the site, and the Duma adopting controversial amendments targeting bloggers. Milana Knezevic writes

Putin’s Russia: Censoring anti-invasion sentiment

Putin’s Russia: Censoring anti-invasion sentiment

Censorship of anti-war sentiment in Russia now uses a mixture of state-sponsored media attacks, arms-length loyalists, crooked think tanks and legal strong-arming – but is it working? Alastair Sloan reports

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