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Reporting on how authoritarian states attack freedom of expression by dominating the media, preventing freedom of assembly, restricting online speech and imprisoning, attacking or even killing those who speak out.

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Bahrain: Maryam Alkhawaja released

Bahrain: Maryam Alkhawaja released

The human rights defender is subject to a travel ban and is due in court again on 1 October. Aimee Hamilton reports

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Padraig Reidy: The ugliness under Azerbaijan’s alternate reality

Padraig Reidy: The ugliness under Azerbaijan’s alternate reality

Post-Soviet Azerbaijan is a country built of facades; facades of modernity and wealth and progress and “democracy”. Facades that hide an underlying ugliness.
Jodie Ginsberg: Five things you need to know before visiting Azerbaijan

Jodie Ginsberg: Five things you need to know before visiting Azerbaijan

London-based daily newspaper Metro ran a feature this month extolling the delights of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, fills readers in on what Metro missed.
Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Funny doesn’t work for dictatorships because funny usually involves humanity and vulnerability. This is the appeal of the viral video challenge.
Azerbaijan: Azadliq journalist detained in continuing crackdown

Azerbaijan: Azadliq journalist detained in continuing crackdown

In the latest move against civil society in the country, Seymour Hazy, a reporter working for Azadliq, Azerbaijan’s last independent newspaper, was sentenced to two months pretrial detention on Monday, charged with disorderly conduct. Andrei Aliaksandrau reports