Category : Europe and Central Asia

Belarus: Wave of detentions must end

Organisations have written to the president of Belarus to demand an end to recent wave of detentions of journalists, activists and opposition figures.

Semih Poroy: Turkey’s place in the world

A cartoonist for the daily Cumhuriyet shares his take on Turkey on the international stage.

Ece Temelkuran: What will become of Erdogan’s little clones when he’s gone?

A country’s leadership sets the tone, but can also penetrate the very fabric of the public’s existence igniting a metamorphosis that creates political clones

Turkey’s deteriorating freedom of expression and media freedom

Index on Censorship, PEN International, ARTICLE 19 and 65 organisations are deeply concerned by the continuous deterioration of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey

Jacob Mchangama: Denmark’s revived blasphemy ban

The decision by prosecutors in Viborg to charge a man with blasphemy for burning a Koran shocked Danes.

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on free expression accelerates with conviction of prominent blogger

International organisations call on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mehman Huseynov.

In the “safe” world of Swedish journalism, death threats are an everyday reality

A spectre that has haunted Swedish journalism for decades is anti-democratic extremism, a phenomenon given new impetus by the rise of mainstream nationalist politics

Montenegro: Investigative journalists’ lengthy legal proceedings

Independent journalist Jovo Martinovic’s arrest with 13 other individuals during a joint Croatian and Montenegrin police operation on 22 October 2015 began an ongoing ordeal

Azerbaijan: Journalists strive to cover the country from exile

For Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev and many other authoritarian leaders across the world, independent journalism and what it represents is bad news.

Mapping Media Freedom: Five incidents to watch

Each week, Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project verifies threats, violations and limitations faced by the media throughout the European Union and neighbouring countries.

Azerbaijan: Political prisoners hostages to fossil fuel extraction

International investment in fossil fuel extraction is making me and other Azerbaijani political prisoners hostages to the Aliyev regime.

Turkey: Bans on Kurdish arts festivals spark solidarity actions

Arts organisation Siyah Bant examines how emergency rule has affected artistic expression in Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey