‘There simply is no moral high ground anymore’ – Stella Assange
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LATEST ISSUE: VOLUME 52.02 SUMMER 2023
Express yourself: Overcoming neurodiversity stereotypes
The Summer 2023 issue of Index looks at neurodiversity, the term coined in the late 1990s to identify and promote the positives of variation in human thinking which has become more widely used in the past few years. Are old stereotypes still rife? Has the perception of neurodiversity improved? If not, was this because of censorship? Using neurodivergent voices, we wanted to know about this in a global context.
The majority of the articles are written by neurodivergent people, as we wanted to put their voices front and centre. Many said they did have more of a voice, awareness had shot up and the word “neurodiversity” empowered and welcomed a growth in onscreen representation. However, at the same time it was clear that conversations around neurodiversity were playing out along society’s current fault-lines and were far from immune.
Index commissions censored and exiled artists and illustrators from around the world
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All lose out when books are banned
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It is time for the EU to be an ally for freedom of expression
As Spain assumes the presidency of the European Union, the bloc needs to reflect on the draft political advertising regulations
Turkey’s elections: “No rule of law anymore”
The country’s human rights landscape has disintegrated since Erdogan took over in 2003
Don’t give up on Myanmar
The country has a vibrant future believes author Oliver Slow, despite the military junta's attacks on dissent
Censoring Roald Dahl is not the answer, just a problem
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Hong Kong’s travesty of a show trial begins
The Hong Kong 47 are now on trial. There is nothing free or fair about this
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One poll remains deadlocked while another has seen the population vote for a change of direction
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