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Nelson Mandela International Day: Index remembers apartheid-era South Africa

Nelson Mandela International Day: Index remembers apartheid-era South Africa

Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, a day to remember Mandela’s achievements in democracy, human rights and peace. Holly Raiborn

Podcast: Kenyan journalist forced into hiding after reporting the news

Podcast: Kenyan journalist forced into hiding after reporting the news

Yassin Juma is an extraordinary journalist, who has taken great personal risk to get the story of what is happening in the war that is being waged in Somalia against Al-Shabaab

Protests mark a year since #Angola17 arrests

Protests mark a year since #Angola17 arrests

Demonstrations are being held in Brussels, Luanda, Pretoria and Paris to mark one year since the arrest of an Angolan book club's members.

Zambezi News: Satire leaves “a lot of ruffled feathers in its wake”

Zambezi News: Satire leaves “a lot of ruffled feathers in its wake”

One of the great difficulties with satire is that often those who actually get it are those who are already on board with the message.

8-9 July: The power of hip hop

8-9 July: The power of hip hop

A conference followed by a day of performance to consider hip hop’s role in revolutionary social, political and economic movements across the world.

Letter: Eritrea must free imprisoned journalists

Letter: Eritrea must free imprisoned journalists

On World Press Freedom Day, Index Youth Advisory Board calls for the release of imprisoned journalists in Eritrea and urges the government to end its persecution of media workers

Worst countries for restrictions on religious freedom

Worst countries for restrictions on religious freedom

Here’s a roundup of some the most appalling religious freedom violations from across the globe.

Angola: Index condemns jailing of 17 activists for anti-government “rebellion”

Angola: Index condemns jailing of 17 activists for anti-government “rebellion”

Index is appalled at the sentencing of Angolan activists whose "crime" was taking part in a reading group discussing ideas of democracy.

Music in Exile: Smockey playlist

Music in Exile: Smockey playlist

Serge Bambara, aka Smockey, is a hip-hop artist, producer and activist within Le Balai Citoyen, or the Citizen’s Broom, a grassroots political movement

Smockey: “Not everyone is lucky enough to have a microphone in front of them”

Smockey: “Not everyone is lucky enough to have a microphone in front of them”

Searching for “dissident artists” online, you’d be forgiven for thinking they are a purely Chinese or Russian phenomenon. But for every Ai Weiwei

Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda

Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda

An international coalition of organisations has called for immediate action to condemn the internet shutdown in Uganda

Raymond Joseph: South Africa’s Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is deeply flawed

Raymond Joseph: South Africa’s Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is deeply flawed

With the new year comes a new battle in South Africa as critics hit back at the proposed “draconian” Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill they say doesn’t differentiate “between espionage and an act of journalism”.

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