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Free speech in India: Uptick in defamation, attacks on media cause for concern

Free speech in India: Uptick in defamation, attacks on media cause for concern

The state of free speech in India remains a cause for concern judging by the rise in recorded attacks on the media and the increasing use of defamation suits -- the most marked trends in 2014.

Free access to the Index on Censorship magazine app

Free access to the Index on Censorship magazine app

In September, Index on Censorship magazine launched a social media campaign which invited its readers to nominate a place which was symbolic of either free speech or censorship, with the winning locations being granted free access to the magazine app for one year. Nominations came from all over the world

Padraig Reidy: Who can speak and who must be silent?

Padraig Reidy: Who can speak and who must be silent?

Ask yourself: would it be better to have a society where people argued against me, or would I prefer a society where the authorities were entitled to decide what I should and should not say?

20 Nov: The cost of free information (BBC Radio 3)

20 Nov: The cost of free information (BBC Radio 3)

Catch Index CEO Jodie Ginsberg speaking at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival 2014

Index calls on UK to speak out against Bahraini human rights abuses after Rajab arrest

Index calls on UK to speak out against Bahraini human rights abuses after Rajab arrest

Index award winner Nabeel Rajab has been detained for seven days while being investigated for claims that he offended the Ministry of Interior over Twitter

Driving debate underground is not the answer to extremism

British Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed new laws that would ban extremists from TV and impose stricter controls on what can be said on the internet, in a speech at the annual Conservative Party conference. Index on Censorship is disturbed at these plans and their potential for stifling legitimate

Will the future of journalism make us better informed?

Will the future of journalism make us better informed?

When the subject of the future of journalism is discussed it often turns to whizzy gadgets but the debate about whether the public ends up being better informed happens less often, says editor Rachael Jolley as she introduces the latest Index on Censorship magazine

Padraig Reidy: Football banter will always need its edge

Padraig Reidy: Football banter will always need its edge

Football banter (or, in modern usage, “bants” or even “#bantz”), can range from the strange to the self-deprecating to the plain awful, but it will always need its edge.

Recap report: Draw the Line — play on or red card?

Recap report: Draw the Line — play on or red card?

Index hosted the first of our Draw the Line events on Monday, as ten young adults met to discuss issues surrounding the free expression records of the countries participating in the World Cup

University: A safe place for safe ideas

University: A safe place for safe ideas

There is a strong attitude across university campuses that censorship is a good tool for the benefit of a multicultural and inclusive society, that respects the values of all its members, freeing them from being exposed to anything they may find "harmful", Christopher Beckett writes

The Palestinian Authority is worse than Hamas for free speech, activist claims

The Palestinian Authority is worse than Hamas for free speech, activist claims

Head of human rights group says situation for free speech in West Bank worse than Gaza. Daniella Peled reports

Canada: Legislation limits free speech for journalists

Canada: Legislation limits free speech for journalists

Canadian journalists will face fines for commenting on the striking action of trade unionists under new legislation passed in Alberta.

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