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Index Freedom of Expression Awards: Arts nominee Meltem Arikan

Index Freedom of Expression Awards: Arts nominee Meltem Arikan

International Freedom of Expression 2014 Arts Award Nominee and renowned Turkish playwright and novelist Meltem Arikan answered questions about her nomination during a Twitter chat with Index on Censorship

Brazil: Bills rushed through congress in bid to suppress World Cup protests

Brazil: Bills rushed through congress in bid to suppress World Cup protests

Suggested laws would ban “crimes against sporting and cultural events” among other things. Simone Marques reports

Sudan blacks out internet to hide brutal suppression of protests

Sudan blacks out internet to hide brutal suppression of protests

Peaceful protests in Sudan have led to an ongoing violent government crackdowns and internet blackout - Dalia Haj-Omar reports

Brazilian police target protesters — and journalists

Brazilian police target protesters — and journalists

Sparked by a series of transport fare hikes and official corruption, the ongoing mass protests in Brazil's cities have been greeted by crackdowns by police. Rafael Spuldar reports on the journalists caught in the crossfire

Spain: The formidable voices of the plazas

Spain: The formidable voices of the plazas

Attempts to criminalise demonstrations in Spain could change the face of citizen protest, says Juan Luis Sánchez

Many arrested at Baku protest

Prominent journalist and activists Emin Milli and Khadija Ismayilova were among those detained in Baku today as people demonstrated in support of civic action in Ismayilli earlier this week. Protesters posted photographs and videos of clashes between police and demonstrators and there were reports that tear gas had been used

Bahrain bans all protests

Bahrain has banned all demonstrations following clashes between police and anti-government protestors on Monday (29 October). Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifah said that the clampdown was a result of the “repeated abuses” of freedom of expression. The emergency move is the largest scale attempt to quash the Gulf kingdom’s anti-government

Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy

Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy

The protests against controversial film "Innocence of the Muslims" follow a pattern familiar since the days of the Satanic Verses fatwa, says James Kirchick. And so do the reactions of many western liberals Response: Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Film protests about much more than religion

Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad sentenced to a year in jail

A popular Iranian singer has been sentenced to a year in prison after releasing pro-opposition songs online. During the protests that occurred in the wake of the disputed 2009 presidential elections, Arya Aramnejad angered officials by uploading songs about the Ashura protests, when government security forces opened fire on demonstrators during a Shia holy day. Later, Aramnejad

Azerbaijan: Reporters injured while covering clashes

At least two journalists have been injured whilst covering violent clashes between police and residents in Azerbaijan. During protests calling for the resignation of a local government, Index awards nominee Idrak Abbasov, from the Institute for War & Peace suffered an arm injury as stones were thrown at him, whilst Rashid

Bahrain: Hunger strike activist collapses

Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja collapsed last night while on hunger strike. Alkhawaja, who went on hunger strike ahead of the February 14 anniversary of mass protests in Bahrain, was taken to the hospital where he was given IV treatment without his consent. The activist’s lawyer reported Alkhawaja showed serious signs of fatigue and had

Syria: Protesters’ text messages blocked using Irish equipment

The Syrian government has ordered text messages containing politically sensitive words to be blocked. Sources familiar with the country’s filtering system say that Irish technology is being used to prevent the delivery of text messages including  words such as ” revolution” or “demonstration”. The country’s largest mobile phone company Syriatel Mobile Telecom

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