This week on Index: Remembering Anna Politkovskaya
31 Aug 2018

Friday 31 August 2018
Remembering murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya: Standing Alone

In 2002, the well-known Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, was living in Vienna. She had been sent there for her own safety by Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of her newspaper Novaya Gazeta, after she received threats from high-ranking officials over her reports from Chechnya and her criticism of Vladimir Putin’s regime. Her life remained under threat and she was largely confined to her home. 

Politkovskaya filed this article to Index on Censorship magazine in spring 2002, shortly before she won Index’s Freedom of Expression Award for her courageous journalism. Four years later in October 2006, she was shot dead in her apartment building after returning to Moscow. Her killers have not been brought to justice. #NoImpunity

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Repressive regime in the spotlight

Bahraini government must immediately release Nabeel Rajab

Index joins with over a hundred  other human rights groups call for immediate release of Freedom of Expression Award-winning Nabeel Rajab after UN group calls his detention arbitrary and discriminatory.

Take Action
Tomorrow, 1 September is Nabeel's 54th birthday. Tweet or Facebook your greetings with #FreeNabeel

Bahraini activist Ali Mushaima hospitalised

Bahraini activist Ali Mushaima was hospitalised after completing one month of his hunger strike outside the Bahrain Embassy in London to protest the inhumane treatment of his 70-year-old father, political prisoner Hassan Mushaima, while serving a life sentence in Bahrain. Mushaima was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster by ambulance Thursday afternoon.

Take Action
Tweet or Facebook your support to @AMushaima


Who will you nominate?

#IndexAwards2017Artist? Campaigner? Digital Activist? Journalist?

We're looking for free expression champions. Winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support. Through the fellowships, Index seeks to maximise the impact and sustainability of voices at the forefront of pushing back censorship worldwide.

Have you made a nomination yet? #IndexAwards2019 


Rights-restricting laws make a mockery of government’s claim to have ended the state of emergency

Permanent state of emergency by any name is no substitute for respecting human rights

Index on Censorship joins call for Turkey's government to end the state of emergency by withdrawing recently passed legislation that replicates many of the state of emergency's special provisions


Speak your piece

Truth to Power Café

Who has power over  you and what do you want to say to them?

Speaking truth to power has its origins in the anti-war movement, and is now widely accepted to mean saying something to those in authority or position of trust who don’t want to hear it. Is it to your parents, a sibling, politician, lover, landlord, religious leader, boss, banker or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.

When: Monday 15 October, 7.30pm
Where: The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
Tickets: Free. Registration Required.

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