Category : Artistic Freedom

Where poetry is labelled extremism

alt informationThe removal of the Rajapaksa clan will not solve Sri Lanka’s deeply ingrained problem with corruption and the repression of dissent

“I wrote a play then lost my home, my husband and my trust”

alt informationTurkish playwright Meltem Arikan’s Mi Minör was blamed for the seminal Gezi Park protests that convulsed Istanbul

Testament to the power of theatre as rebellion

alt informationThe Belarus Free Theatre, whose 16 members have now gone into exile to escape the Lukashenka regime, are preparing to perform at the Barbican in London in 2022

“We need more courageous writers in theatre,” says leading Turkish playwright

alt informationTwo Turkish writers discuss Index on Censorship's new magazine, which looks at how playwrights and directors are resisting oppression

Russia: Drop all charges against Yulia Tsvetkova

alt informationAward-winning artist faces six years in jail for her work promoting body positivity and women's rights

Why a naked feminist statue should remain uncensored

alt informationMaggi Hambling's A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft has been roundly criticised, with some trying to censor its nakedness

Victory is Not an Option

alt informationThe Victory is Not an Option exhibition is a great example of how with the right training and preparation controversial art can inspire and reward

Bringing the Story Home – Trojan Horse in Birmingham

alt informationIndex's case study on the production of a play covering the Trojan Horse affair

YA writer inspired by “lost” books to write latest novel

alt informationWhen Dave Connis worked in his local library in Tennessee, contentious books would frequently disappear. They would, he told Index, just “never come back” and instead be “lost” to the world. 

Cartoonists Rights Network International continues to monitor the loss of cartoonists from media outlets around the world

alt informationSince winning the 2019 Index Award for Campaigning, CRNI has been monitoring the situation with Badiucao, a Chinese dissident cartoonist living in exile in Australia