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Old Firm sectarianism bill: Free speech threat?

As the trial against a man accused of making a religiously aggravated attack against Celtic manager Neil Lennon continues, Judith Townend examines the Scottish bill intended to legislate against sectarianism and offensive behaviour at football matches

Index privacy debate: replay

Listen to Max Mosley, Hugh Tomlinson QC, Suzanne Moore and David Price QC debating privacy, free speech and a feral press at Index on Censorship event
Report: Are privacy injunctions a necessary evil?

Are privacy injunctions a necessary evil?

Max Mosley, Hugh Tomlinson QC, Suzanne Moore and David Price QC debated privacy, free speech and a feral press at Index on Censorship event

Bahrain: Eight activists and opposition leaders jailed for life

Eight Shia activists and opposition leaders have been sentenced to life imprisonment in Bahrain. They have been found guilty of  plotting a coup in the Sunni-ruled kingdom during protests in March this year. Protests in response to the setences are expected, reports Al Jazeera English. Those convicted include Shia political leader Hassan Mushaima and the activists Abdulhady al-Khawaja and Abduljalil Al […]

Britain: Billionaire battleground

A US-based billionaire is using English courts to force American online publishers to expose the identity of users. Judith Townend reports

Should press be gagged when reporting parliament?

The position of the media reporting parliamentary injunction breaches is "astonishingly unclear" says Lord Neuberger. Judith Townend reports

Sir Tom Stoppard: “The prisoner of conscience figure should have been consigned to history”

British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has highlighted the anomaly of Belarus's "way of dictatorship", with a special commendation at the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

Digital Economy Act will impact free expression rights, say ISPs

Two of the UK’s largest internet service providers BT and TalkTalk challenged the legality of the Digital Economy Act 2010 in the High Court yesterday. Antony White QC, acting for the firms, claimed that the new legislation is flawed and incompatible with EU law. It would unlawfully “impact on the privacy and free expression rights” […]

Apple removes ‘gay cure’ app following petition

Apple appears to have removed an application designed to provide “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus”, following widespread condemnation and a petition signed by over 149,000 people. Apple, which has strict regulation of products available in its store, had marked the app with a “4+” rating, indicating that the application contained “no objectionable […]

Speak no evil: the grip of religious extremism on Pakistan’s political culture

Pakistan's blasphemy law is a tool for persecution, says Kamila Shamsie, in the upcoming issue of Index on Censorship magazine

Royalty free Freedom of Information

The British Royal Family is now even more protected from the Freedom of Information Act since the removal of the public interest test. Judith Townend reports

Four year legal battle ends for Labour Home bloggers

A judge has refused libel litigant Johanna Kaschke leave to appeal, bringing to an end a long-running defamation row. Judith Townend reports