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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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Egypt’s nascent street art movement under pressure

Egypt’s nascent street art movement under pressure

Graffiti played a big part in Egypt's 2011 revolution. Today the artists face threats of violence, and the potential of jail time and fines under a proposed draft law. Shahira Amin reports

LEADING STORIES

Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah”

Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah”

An appeal for Catholic newspaper The Herald to be allowed to print the word Allah in its Malaysian edition has been turned down. Tom Francis writes
Poland: Dissident theatre director fired by city mayor

Poland: Dissident theatre director fired by city mayor

Ewa Wojciak and The Theatre of the Eighth Day speak out against injustices. It's deplorable that they should be repressed by the authorities of their city, writes Index contributor Tomasz Kitlinski
Padraig Reidy: Football banter will always need its edge

Padraig Reidy: Football banter will always need its edge

Football banter (or, in modern usage, “bants” or even “#bantz”), can range from the strange to the self-deprecating to the plain awful, but it will always need its edge.
Padraig Reidy: What is the alternative to boycott?

Padraig Reidy: What is the alternative to boycott?

The concept of boycotts, and particularly cultural and academic boycotts, have for a long time been problematic for people engaged in the promotion of free expression.