Category : Statements

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

Davos must address secret mass surveillance scandal

Leading free speech and privacy organisations call on the world’s elite assembled at Davos to tackle the challenge of global mass surveillance of electronic communications. ARTICLE 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship and Open Rights Group are urging global leaders to discuss how states ensure security measures do not undermine rights and individual liberties, following […]

Index supports referral request in Delfi v. Estonia

Dean Spielmann President European Court of Human Rights Council of Europe F-67075 Strasbourg cedex France 13 January 2014 Re:  Grand Chamber referral in Delfi v. Estonia (Application no. 64569/09) Index’s coverage: European ruling spells trouble for online comment Dear President Spielmann and members of the panel: We, the undersigned 69 media organisations, internet companies, human […]

Open letter to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Dear Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Index on Censorship is writing to you ahead of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger’’s appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee’’s hearing on counter terrorism. We believe that the Guardian’’s publication of details of GCHQ’’s digital surveillance techniques has been very much in the public interest. Mass data retention and […]

Letter: White House guilty of censorship by stealth in seeking YouTube removal

In asking YouTube to review an anti-Islam video on the grounds it breached Google's terms of service, the White House is guilty of censorship by stealth, says Index CEO Kirsty Hughes in the Financial Times

Index opposes ITU authority over the internet

Index joins civil society groups in voicing concerns about proposals made by the International Telecommunication Union that would threaten the openness of the internet

UAE: Joint open letter to William Hague calling for release of activists

Since March, Emirati authorities have arrested over 50 activists and human rights defenders in a widespread crackdown on dissent. Index joins a group of international rights groups in calling on UK Foreign Minister William Hague and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to push for the prisoners' release

Index letter to Joint Committee on Human Rights about concerns of Justice and Security Green Paper

The UK government's plans to extend secret hearings into the civil courts will lead to a diminishing in the open administration of justice, Index on Censorship has said in a letter to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

UK: Letter to foreign secretary on cyberspace

As the London Conference on Cyberspace begins, Index on Censorship has joined leading human rights groups and media freedom activists in calling on Foreign Secretary William Hague to reject censorship and surveillance that undermines free expression

Index on Censorship letter to Metropolitan Police Commissioner


Index condemns abuse of power by Met Police in phone-hacking probe

Index on Censorship is appalled by reports that the Metropolitan Police is seeking a court order under the Official Secrets Act to force Guardian journalists to reveal sources in the phone-hacking scandal investigation INDEX ON CENSORSHIP LETTER TO METROPOLITAN POLICE COMMISSIONER JOHN KAMPFNER ON PRESS REGULATION: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Joint letter to Home Secretary on social media blackouts

As Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry prepare to meet the home secretary, Index on Censorship and other human and digital rights campaigners ask to be included in discussions on social media blackouts

An open letter to the head of Iran’s judiciary

Index on Censorship calls for the release of film maker Mahnaz Mohammadi and actress and documentary maker Pegah Ahangarani