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Analysing challenges to freedom of expression in democratic societies, including restrictive laws, self-censorship, web surveillance, media regulation, national security and public order arguments to limit free speech.

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How Egypt’s NGO trial made me an international fugitive

How Egypt’s NGO trial made me an international fugitive

Egyptian NGOs have until 2 September to register under a repressive law or risk prosecution. Being convicted as an NGO worker in Egypt has consequences far beyond that country's borders, writes Michelle Betz

LEADING STORIES

Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t

Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t

Let’s not block out calls for censorship. But perhaps we can turn the tables on the cries of the censors, smile politely and continue about our grown-up business
India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift with India's mainstream press. Mahima Kaul reports
Banning us from watching this video of a criminal act is a step too far

Banning us from watching this video of a criminal act is a step too far

There is a difference between individuals exercising their right not to view or share a video, and companies such as Twitter -- or indeed the police force -- denying people the right to view it, writes Index CEO Jodie Ginsberg
Padraig Reidy: When everyone is a journalist, is anyone?

Padraig Reidy: When everyone is a journalist, is anyone?

With smartphones, cheap recording equipment, and free access to social media and blogging platforms, journalism has fallen into the hands of the many. This is a good thing. But one question does arise: if we are all journalists now, what happens to the privileges journalists used to claim?