Coming soon: Index on Censorship magazine's anonymity issue
16 Sep 2016

Autumn’s anonymity cover by Ben Jennings

The forthcoming issue of Index on Censorship magazine explores anonymity through a range of in-depth features, interviews and illustrations from around the world. The special report looks at the pros and cons of masking identities from the perspective of a variety of players, from online trolls to intelligence agencies, whistleblowers, activists, artists, journalists, bloggers and fixers. Contributors include former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, journalist John Lloyd, Bangladeshi blogger Ananya Azad and philosopher Julian Baggini,

Outside of the themed report, this issue also has a thoughtful essay by novelist Hilary Mantel, called Blot, Erase, Delete, illustrated by Molly CrabappleAndrey Arkhangelsky looks back at the last 10 years of Russian journalism. Uzbek writer Hamid Ismailov explores how metaphor has taken over post-Soviet literature and prevented it tackling reality head-on. There is also poetry from Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Russian writer Maria Stepanova, plus new fiction from Turkey and Egypt, via Kaya Genç and Basma Abdel Aziz.

You can pre-order your copy here, or take out a digital subscription via Exact Editions. Copies will be available at the BFI, the Serpentine Gallery, MagCulture, (London), News from Nowhere (Liverpool), Home (Manchester), Carlton Books (Glasgow) and on Amazon. Each magazine sale helps Index on Censorship continue its fight for free expression worldwide.

Index on Censorship magazine was started in 1972 and remains the only global magazine dedicated to free expression. Past contributors include Samuel Beckett, Gabriel García Marquéz, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and many more.

One response to “Coming soon: Index on Censorship magazine’s anonymity issue”

  1. Roman says:

    Anonymity has to be defended due to political persecution in all countries, which can be governmental or public, directed against people or their jobs. Most of all political platforms of the internet are ‘not anonymous’ and always require to leave at least a verified email address, which fully hampers anonymity in the sum of big data. In fact, this personal information is really widely collected and highly missused, although illegitimate, due to legal loopholes in data security. Due to the fear of political persecution in clearly every country, or discrimination based on engagement, many people decide not to participate in a political internet and from then on self-censor their engagement for a lifetime.