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EU and free expression: Threats against the media and journalists

EU and free expression: Threats against the media and journalists

The main threats to media freedom and the work of journalists are from political pressure or pressure exerted by the police, to non-legal means, such as violence and impunity.

The EU’s commitments to free expression: Libel and privacy

The EU’s commitments to free expression: Libel and privacy

The law of libel, privacy and national "insult" laws vary across the European Union. In a number of member states, criminal sanctions are still in place and public interest defences are inadequate, curtailing freedom of expression.

Free expression in the news

Index on Censorship: Free expression in the news

World Intellectual Property Day: Copyright and creativity in a digital world

World Intellectual Property Day: Copyright and creativity in a digital world

Brian Pellot: Copyright and creativity in a digital world

Belarus: Pulling the plug

Belarus: Pulling the plug

Europe's last dictatorship plans even tighter controls over citizens' access to the digital world, Index shows in a new report Read the report in full here Press Release: Internet explosion backfires for Europe’s last dictator

Downloading evil

Downloading evil

Writing for Index on Censorship magazine in 2007, the late Stan Cohen argued that child pornography and jihadi violence were testing the limits of tolerance

What future for free speech in the new Egypt?

What future for free speech in the new Egypt?

Egypt closed 2012 with a new constitution and opened this year with growing discontent with President Mohamed Morsi. Ashraf Khalil reflects on a tumultuous year, and looks ahead to an uncertain future

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

Guidelines issued today on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media sites could boost free speech Plus: Read the guidelines here Index Press Release: Social media guidelines recognise there is no right not to be offended

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