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

Index on Censorship and Doughty Street Chambers renew calls for Egypt to drop all charges against activist Amal Fathy

alt informationAs Egypt’s President el-Sisi and President Trump meet in Washington, all charges and sanctions against Amal Fathy, detained for speaking out against sexual harassment in Egypt, must be dropped.

Online harms proposals pose serious risks to freedom of expression

alt informationWhile we recognise the government’s desire to tackle unlawful content online, the proposals mooted in the white paper – including a new duty of care on social media platforms, a regulatory body, and even the fining and banning of social media platforms as a sanction – pose serious risks to freedom of expression online.

The UK government’s online harms white paper shows disregard for freedom of expression

alt informationAccording to leaked details, it will include a statutory duty of care, which will be enforced by a regulator. Ofcom is expected to take on the role of regulator to begin, with a new regulator established later.

Forcing social media companies to act as law enforcers without due legal process undermines fundamental principles of democracy

alt informationJodie Ginsberg comments on calls by politicians to ban Tommy Robinson from YouTube.

UK government proposals to tackle online harms pose real risk to online freedom of expression

alt informationIndex on Censorship has joined with Open Rights Group and Digital Rights Partners to warn the UK government that its proposals for tackling online content pose a real risk to freedom of expression.

Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Mehman Huseynov released from prison

alt informationIndex on Censorship welcomes the release of Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Mehman Huseynov.

Indonesia’s overly restrictive Music Bill must be withdrawn

alt informationIndex urges proposed legislation that would restrict artistic freedom be discarded

Farcical indictment shows how far Turkey has fallen

alt informationIndex 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.

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

alt informationThursday 21 February 2019 will commemorate a full year since the assassination of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová in Slovakia. Kuciak was investigating cross-border corruption and links between powerful people and various mafia networks.