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Religion & Culture

Examining how religious and cultural beliefs can create challenges for free speech which can lead to direct or self censorship. These challenges include responding to hate speech and intimidation as well as defending comments or artistic work that cause offence.

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Julia Farrington: The Barbican, Exhibit B and “progress zero”

Julia Farrington: The Barbican, Exhibit B and “progress zero”

Index on Censorship's associate arts producer explores the issues around the Barbican's presentation of Exhibit B, a work by Brett Bailey.

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Eleven free speech controversies at American universities

Eleven free speech controversies at American universities

A Yale student group's choice to host writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali was met with widespread protest. This is not the only recent example of a free expression dispute at a US campus. Dave Coscia writes
Meltem Arikan: Aren’t women’s voices equivalent to muteness in Turkey?

Meltem Arikan: Aren’t women’s voices equivalent to muteness in Turkey?

In a new poem written for Index on Censorship, Turkish playwright and author Meltem Arikan explores the status of women in Turkey.
Egypt: Restrictions on campus protest could spark unrest

Egypt: Restrictions on campus protest could spark unrest

With just a few weeks to go before Egyptian universities open their gates to students for the start of the new academic year, the Egyptian authorities are feeling jittery -- and rightly so. Shahira Amin reports
The godfather of Iranian hip-hop wants grassroots change

The godfather of Iranian hip-hop wants grassroots change

Being a hip-hop artist in a country where the genre is banned comes with many challenges Iranian rapper Hichkas explains. Mari Shibata reports