Category : Statements

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

Arts Council continues its support of Index as a National Portfolio Organisation

We are delighted that Arts Council England has renewed support for Index on Censorship in its latest round of funding. The Arts Council received more than 800 applications for National Portfolio Organisation funding — organisations that the council will fund for the next three years — and we are honoured to be among those who […]

Civil society calls on Tajikistan to immediately release Alexander Sodiqov

The Civic Solidarity Platform, a coalition of more than 60 human rights NGOs across the OSCE region, expresses its strongest concern about the arrest of and allegations against Mr. Alexander Sodiqov in Tajikistan and urges authorities of Tajikistan to immediately release Mr. Sodiqov and refrain from bringing charges against him. Mr. Sodiqov, a scholar affiliated […]

Right to be forgotten: A poor ruling, clumsily implemented

alt informationIn practice, the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on the "right to be forgotten" was far too blunt, far too broad brush, and gave far too much power to the search engines to be effective.

Right to be forgotten: “A blunt instrument ruling that opens the door for widespread censorship”

Commenting on the recent articles removed from search engines by Google, Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, said: “As Index on Censorship warned when the ruling was delivered last month the ‘right to be forgotten’ is a blunt instrument ruling that opens the door for widespread censorship and the whitewashing of the past. Private […]

Petition calls on Met Opera to reverse Death of Klinghoffer decision

alt informationA petition campaign is calling on New York's Metropolitan Opera to reverse a decision to cancel a simulcast of composer John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer.

Ukraine: No peace plan without accountability for human rights

President Petro Poroshenko 11 Bankova street 01220 Kyiv Ukraine 26 June 2014 Mr President, We, the undersigned members and partners of the Human Rights House Network (HRHN), condemned in the strongest terms human rights violations which took place throughout Ukraine since 29 November 2013, and now call upon you to extend the mandate of the […]

Freedom of expression and access to information included as draft UN development goals

Index welcomes the inclusion of targets for capable institutions, media freedom, and access to information by the United Nations member states now participating in the post-2015 development agenda dialogue

Index calls on Brazil to take the lead in digital rights

Ahead of the World Cup, Index on Censorship’s new policy paper Brazil: A new global internet referee? explores the challenges and threats to online freedom of expression in the country.

Open letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May

Index on Censorship is calling on the Rt Hon Theresa May MP to launch an urgent investigation into why Cambridgeshire Police visited the home of a Twitter user, demanding him to remove a tweet about a political party despite the fact he had committed no crime

Letter: Persecution of human rights defender Leyla Yunus

Minister Usubov Ramil Idris oglu Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Avenue 7 1005 Baku Republic of Azerbaijan Email: [email protected] Prosecutor General Zakir Bakir oglu Garalov Nigar Rafibayli street 7 1001 Baku Republic of Azerbaijan Email: [email protected] Mr Minister, Mr Prosecutor General, We, the undersigned members and partners of the Human […]

Letter: Parody must be protected

The following letter was printed in The Telegraph: SIR – The British sense of humour is famous around the world. Anyone who has watched Prime Minister’s Questions can see that even our MPs are funny – occasionally intentionally. Satire is a vital tool for campaigning organisations to create debate, expose hypocrisy and change opinion. However, […]

Index welcomes WAN-IFRA report on UK press freedom

Index welcomes the report by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on the worrying state of press freedom in the UK. The WAN-IFRA report criticises the use of national security concerns to threaten and restrict investigative journalism, in particular the Guardian’s revelations and reporting on the Snowden mass surveillance scandal. WAN-IFRA also […]