Category : Statements

Statements from freedom of expression organisation Index on Censorship, the global voice of free expression

States’ use of surveillance to fight pandemic must respect human rights

alt informationIndex on Censorship and 106 other organisations are urging governments to respect human rights as they attempt to tackle the coronavirus pandemic through digital surveillance technologies

Index and JFJ launch global initiative to monitor attacks on the media during coronavirus

alt informationIndex on Censorship and Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) have announced a joint global initiative to track attacks and violations against the media, specific to the current coronavirus-related crisis

Index on Censorship calls for Europe’s leaders to protect free flow of information to tackle COVID-19

Index on Censorship, alongside eight other organisations, is calling on European leaders to protect the media during the coronavirus crisis

Index welcomes ruling that police reaction to tweets was “disproportionate interference”

Index welcomes the judgment in the case of Harry Miller – a former police officer who was investigated over tweets about gender. In a judgment delivered at the High Court in London, Julian Knowles found that the police’s actions – which included visiting Miller’s place of work – were a “disproportionate interference” on his freedom […]

Index calls on UK government to respect role of media

alt informationBoris Johnson's exclusion of certain members of the press at a briefing on 3 February is another example of media abuses in the UK, as tracked by Index on Censorship and reported to the Council of Europe

Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg to step down in 2020

alt informationJodie Ginsberg to join Internews Europe as CEO Index on Censorship chief executive Jodie Ginsberg will step down in early 2020 after five and a half years in the role, Index said on Wednesday. The board, chaired by Trevor Phillips since 2018, will launch the search for a new chief executive shortly. Since joining in 2014, […]

Index calls on Arron Banks to drop SLAPP lawsuit against Carole Cadwalladr

alt informationWe, the undersigned organisations, welcome today’s judgment on meaning in the case of Arron Banks vs Carole Cadwalladr. The judgment clarified the context of the comments that form the basis of this lawsuit, and noted that aspects of the claimant’s argument were “far-fetched and divorced from the specific context in which those words were used”. […]

Index calls on governments to ensure encrypted tools are available to public

alt informationIndex joined 52 other civil society organisations as well as private companies and security researchers in calling on governments to allow technology companies to offer strong encryption tools such as Signal or WhatsApp to the public.

Index calls the re-arrest of novelist Ahmet Altan “arbitrary and cruel”

alt informationTurkish authorities re-arrested the internationally known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from more than three years in detention. Index on Censorship and 24 other NGOs say that his re-arrest, on 12 November, was an extraordinarily low blow in a case that has been marked by political interference and arbitrariness from […]

Call to end impunity for those involved in journalists’ murders

alt informationIndex and partner organisations are calling on governments to end impunity for crimes against journalists