This week at Index: 45 years of Index magazine archive now free
22 Feb 2019

Friday 22 February 2019

Decades of articles by world’s leading writers now free as Index on Censorship magazine archive becomes available without subscription

Index on Censorship is pleased to announce that the online archive of 45 years of publications of Index on Censorship magazine, published by SAGE Publishing, will be free to read globally.

Since its establishment in 1972, Index on Censorship magazine has published some of the greatest names in literature including Samuel Beckett, Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Hilary Mantel and Kurt Vonnegut. It also has published some of the greatest campaigning writers of our age from Vaclav Havel to Amartya Sen and Ariel Dorfman plus journalism from Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, China, India, Turkey and more.

To access the four most recent issues of the magazine, subscribe here.


Wider definition of harm can be manipulated to restrict media freedom

Index on Censorship welcomes a report by the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee into disinformation and fake news that calls for greater transparency on social media companies’ decision making processes, on who posts political advertising and on use of personal data. However, we remain concerned about attempts by government to establish systems that would regulate “harmful” content online given there remains no agreed definition of harm in this context beyond those which are already illegal.


Farcical indictment shows how far Turkey has fallen

Index on Censorship condemns a criminal indictment sent to a Turkish court against 16 civil society leaders including artist Meltem Arikan, actors Memet Ali Alabora and Pinar Ogun, and journalist Can Dündar.

“This farcical indictment shows how far Turkey’s government is willing to go to silence dissent and should show the world how much freedom of expression has degraded for all of the country’s citizens,” said Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship.


Slovakia must deliver justice and accountability in murder of journalist Jan Kuciak

Index on Censorship joins nine other press freedom organisations to raise concerns about a lack of investigation into state breaches in its obligation to protect journalists under threat


Zelalem Kibret forced to choose between silence and speaking his mind

Ethiopian blogger and academic, Zelalem Kibret, was raised in a country where living in silence or speaking your mind was often a choice between life and death.

“Political prisoners have been released but the academic conditions are getting worse and universities are shutting down” says Zelalem, a Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at Canada’s McGill University. “Students are being killed.”


1-2 March: Index at the CIJ Well Told conference

Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship magazine at CIJ Well Told, the UK’s only longform and narrative festival. It’s a unique chance to learn storytelling skills from some of the best talents from both sides of the Atlantic. More than ever, staying solvent as a journalist requires getting the right skills, and this is a unique opportunity to meet the best in the business.


8 March: Unspeakable: Banned books, difficult words, taboos

Essex Book Festival and Index on Censorship invite you to join them for Unspeakable, a day of challenging and illuminating conversations, performance, exhibitions and workshops hosted by the University of Essex, that explores historic and contemporary issues of censorship, no-platforming, freedom of speech, and taboos.


Index at #ijf19: How to fight back against the censors?

Join Index Magazine editor Rachael Jolley at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, where she will be discussing the state of censorship and the need for more tools and knowledge to successfully circumvent the censors

Index on Censorship defends people's freedom to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution. We publish censored writers and artists, monitor and campaign against censorship, and encourage debate.  

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