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CEO Kirsty Hughes to leave Index on Censorship

After two years at the helm of Index on Censorship, Chief Executive Kirsty Hughes will be leaving the leading international freedom of expression organisation in mid-April to pursue new projects and writing in the international and European politics arena. Hughes joined Index in April 2012 taking its international editorial and

Egypt’s spring turns to winter

Egypt’s spring turns to winter

As the numbers steadily mount of those killed by the Egyptian military and police in yesterday’s attacks on Muslim Brotherhood camps, the prospects for Egypt’s ‘Arab spring’ are looking bleak, Kirsty Hughes says

The Military and democracy – Turkey and Egypt both getting it wrong

The Military and democracy – Turkey and Egypt both getting it wrong

While Turkey this week jailed its former Chief of Staff, General Ilker Basbug, in Egypt, General Sisi’s popularity is still riding high following the army’s ousting of President Morsi. Kirsty Hughes writes

Mass surveillance or just Big Data?

Mass surveillance or just Big Data?

States, and companies, collecting huge amounts of data on people and populations around the world. Is this a mass surveillance nightmare – the digital Stasi roaming free – or just big data and we should get over it? Kirsty Hughes writes

Mass surveillance threatens freedom of expression

Index on Censorship calls on the UK government to clarify the extent and legality of the alleged surveillance by GCHQ.

Turkey losing its way on free speech

The protests erupting across Turkey have shown a wider audience – domestic and international – the increasingly problematic nature of Turkish democracy, and its growing authoritarian tendencies. Index on Censorship CEO Kirsty Hughes writes

Stockholm Internet Forum: Balancing rights and security

Stockholm Internet Forum: Balancing rights and security

Does surveillance and monitoring chill free expression? Is population-wide mass surveillance always a bad idea? Amongst many questions and debates at today's Stockholm Internet Forum, the answers to these two questions are surely obvious - yes to both, writes Index on Censorship CEO Kirsty Hughes from Sweden.

World Press Freedom Day: Is the European Union faltering on media freedom?

World Press Freedom Day: Is the European Union faltering on media freedom?

Index on Censorship CEO Kirsty Hughes writes that there is cause for deep concern that the EU is failing to protect press freedom, a core element of democracies.

Index responds to collapse of Leveson press reform talks

Index CEO Kirsty Hughes responds to the breakdown of cross-party press regulation talks

Gathering clouds over digital freedom?

Gathering clouds over digital freedom?

The debate over the direction of the web has just started, and contradictory messages that need careful scrutiny are emerging from governments and corporations alike, says Kirsty Hughes This article was originally published on Open Democracy, as a part of a

Not the route to free media

Not the route to free media

A recently released report from the European Union contains recommendations that would endanger media freedom, says Kirsty Hughes

Why journalism and politics should remain independent

Why journalism and politics should remain independent

Leveson's "statutory underpinning" is no way to protect press freedom, says Kirsty Hughes

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