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Pre-vetting broadcast content? That’s what dictatorships do, not democracies

Pre-vetting broadcast content? That’s what dictatorships do, not democracies

The idea that the government should have a role in assessing content before it is broadcast should set alarm bells ringing, writes Jodie Ginsberg

Padraig Reidy: James Rhodes and the visceral need to be heard

Padraig Reidy: James Rhodes and the visceral need to be heard

I was reminded of poet Carolyn Forché and her concept of witness when I read the reactions to the court decision that would finally allow pianist James Rhodes to publish his memoir, Instrumental

Padraig Reidy: Why did the government panic over a few letters on farming?

Padraig Reidy: Why did the government panic over a few letters on farming?

With the publication of Prince Charles' "black spider" letters, ministers fear they will lose control of the freedom of information process

Azerbaijani journalist appeals to Christiane Amanpour to help jailed colleagues

Azerbaijani journalist appeals to Christiane Amanpour to help jailed colleagues

Former Index award winner Idrak Abbasov urges Christiane Amanpour, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety, to call for the release of Azerbaijan's jailed journalists and human rights defenders

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

The UK Home Secretary's preview of a proposed new counter-extremism bill raises the stakes for freedom of expression in the United Kingdom. Index on Censorship is disturbed by the potential impact on free speech embedded in the proposals.

Azerbaijan: Appeal from jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova postponed indefinitely

Azerbaijan: Appeal from jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova postponed indefinitely

Ismayilova, one of Azerbaijan’s most celebrated investigative journalists, today had her appeal over a criminal libel conviction postponed indefinitely

Rebecca Vincent: Britain’s next prime minister must use European Games to stand up for human rights in Azerbaijan

Rebecca Vincent: Britain’s next prime minister must use European Games to stand up for human rights in Azerbaijan

In helping to whitewash Azerbaijan’s ever-worsening image, the UK would only end up tarnishing its own, writes Rebecca Vincent.

Padraig Reidy: Ten years after the Danish Mohammed cartoons, we’re still having the same argument

Padraig Reidy: Ten years after the Danish Mohammed cartoons, we’re still having the same argument

Is there hope for resolution any time soon? I fear not.

Media freedom in Europe needs action more than words

Media freedom in Europe needs action more than words

Freedom of expression is an assumed right in the European Union. But that assumption is little more than an idea anchored in our mental routine. Dunja Mijatović: The good fight must continue | Mass surveillance: Journalists confront the moment of hesitation | The women challenging Bosnia’s divided

Padraig Reidy: Imagine being Katie Hopkins

Padraig Reidy: Imagine being Katie Hopkins

What if your job, your career, was winding up an entire nation?

Dunja Mijatović: The good fight must continue

Dunja Mijatović: The good fight must continue

Media freedom advocates must continue to move forward and provide the defenses necessary for free expression and free media to flourish. Complacency is not an option. Solidarity, however, is.

Azerbaijan: Seven things you need to know ahead of the Baku European Games

Azerbaijan: Seven things you need to know ahead of the Baku European Games

How can journalists effectively cover the European Games given the full scope of social and political issues in Azerbaijan? An expert panel discusses.

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