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Azerbaijan: Government arrests investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Government arrests investigative journalist

The arrest of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova today underscores the entrenched authoritarian instincts of the government of President Ilham Aliyev

Finances threaten independent student media

Finances threaten independent student media

As many campus media struggle to maintain a steady revenue, Index hears from two US university papers about their work and how they finance themselves independently

Stricter and subtler: how China has ramped up instant messaging censorship

Stricter and subtler: how China has ramped up instant messaging censorship

The chat application LINE has strengthened its censorship methods in mainland China by targeting phrases and word combinations.

Lebanon: Censorship Bureau approves critical play

Lebanon: Censorship Bureau approves critical play

Censorship body gives green light to latest play from Index award nominee Lucien Bourjeily, despite being featured heavily in the work

The godfather of Iranian hip-hop wants grassroots change

The godfather of Iranian hip-hop wants grassroots change

Being a hip-hop artist in a country where the genre is banned comes with many challenges Iranian rapper Hichkas explains. Mari Shibata reports

Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t

Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t

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

Draw the Line: Do wars justify censorship?

Draw the Line: Do wars justify censorship?

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

The “slippery slope” of Chinese literary censorship

The “slippery slope” of Chinese literary censorship

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

Recap report: Debating propaganda in wartime

Recap report: Debating propaganda in wartime

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

7 June: Propaganda in wartime – where do we draw the line?

7 June: Propaganda in wartime – where do we draw the line?

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.

China: Censors work overtime for Tiananmen anniversary

China: Censors work overtime for Tiananmen anniversary

"Keep quiet and carry on" is the slogan that can best describe China’s take on the approaching 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Francine Stone reports

Padraig Reidy: Why does everyone want to be censored?

Padraig Reidy: Why does everyone want to be censored?

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.

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