Azerbaijan: Index calls on President to investigate brutal attack on journalist
ADVOCACY LETTER Dear President Aliyev, Re: The brutal attack on Idrak Abbasov and assault of four other journalists on 18 April 2012 The Azerbaijani authorities must launch an immediate, independent and transparent investigation into the brutal attack on investigative journalist Idrak Abbasov and the assault of journalist Gunay Musayeva on Wednesday 18 April 2012 in […]
Who supports free expression at the Council of Europe?
Exclusive Index analysis:
Despite its influence, voting records at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly are rarely scrutinised.
Index on Censorship examines voting patterns to show who protects free expression and who hinders it
Video: Highlights from the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2012
The Index Freedom of Expression Awards took place on 28 March in London. Before an audience of 400, Jonathan Dimbleby presented awards to the heroes of free expression — those who have put their lives and jobs at risk to defend the inalienable right to express themselves freely
Three Vietnamese bloggers charged with spreading “propaganda”
Three established Vietnamese bloggers have been charged with spreading spreading anti-government propaganda. According to AP, Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phon Tan are accused of belong to the banned “Free Journalists Club” of Vietnam and contributing 421 articles which “distorted and opposed the State.” The three men have been detained awaiting trial, if convicted they face up […]
Recognising campaigners or activists who have fought repression, or have struggled to challenge political climates Alaa Abd El Fattah, blogger, Egypt Alaa Abd El Fattah is at the forefront of protests against Egypt’s current military rule. Over the last 12 months, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has tried to silence dissent, crushing […]
Recognising innovation and original use of new technology to circumvent censorship and foster debate, argument or dissent Freedom Fone by Kubatana, mobile phone technology NGO, Zimbabwe Kubatana is an NGO based in Harare that uses a variety of new and traditional media to encourage ordinary Zimbabweans to be informed, inspired and active about civic and […]
Recognising artists, filmmakers and writers whose work asserts artistic freedom and battles against repression and injustice Voina, performance artists, Russia Voina, meaning “War”, is a collective of radical Russian anarchist artists who combine political protest and performance art. Voina’s carries out actions directed against the authorities. In June 2010, members painted a 65-metre phallus on a […]
Recognising investigative journalism of dogged determination across a range of media including print, online, radio and television, taking into consideration impact, originality and revelation Han Han, blogger, China The author of China’s most widely read blog, 29-year-old Han Han has been called “the world’s most popular blogger”. He is also famed for being a cultural […]
Index calls on Syria to release human rights workers
Index join rights organisation in calling for the Syrian authorities to immediately release Mazen Darwish, a prominent Syrian human rights defender and his colleagues from Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression