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Let’s not block out calls for censorship. But perhaps we can turn the tables on the cries of the censors, smile politely and continue about our grown-up business
During the First World War, censorship was deemed crucial to send the public the right messages, and keep the enemy in the dark about tactics. Today, especially in times of war, governments continue with their attempts to control what the public and the outside world are told, often in the name
American journalist Evan Osnos says he turned down the opportunity to publish a copy of his new book in China because censors asked for almost a quarter to be struck out. The case highlights the dilemma writers face publishing in a country now hungry for western works, reports Dinah Gardner
Index on Censorship arrived at the Big Bookend Festival in Leeds to discuss whether it is acceptable for governments and others to withhold information from the public during a conflict
Join Index on Censorship Magazine at Leeds Big Bookend Festival to debate whether it is acceptable for governments and others to withhold information from the public during a conflict or war.
There is absolutely no one engaged in modern public life at any level at all who has not complained that they’ve been silenced, denied a platform, bullied into submission by a cruel cabal of agents of reaction or “the liberal agenda”, take your pick.
A book detailing the allegedly shady dealing behind a gas contract has been targeted by the companies involved in the latest example of censorship in India, writes Saurav Datta.
Join us at the Hay Festival to debate what happens to the truth during wars and conflicts. Where is the line between national security and public information? Is it ever right not to tell the whole truth? These issues are discussed in the latest Index on Censorship magazine, looking back
In Britain self-censorship with market and readership in mind denies all but the most devout news-addict important stories, writes Jonathan Lindsell.
Sometimes it's more comforting to believe the conspiracy theory than face the fact that the world keeps turning whether you're on it or not, says Padraig Reidy