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Amnesty, Platform banned from entering Azerbaijan on the eve of European Games

Amnesty, Platform banned from entering Azerbaijan on the eve of European Games

Both organisations have been highly critical of President Ilham Aliyev's government, and its targeting, jailing and prosecution of activists and journalists

Baku 2015: The foreign manpower behind Azerbaijan’s games

Baku 2015: The foreign manpower behind Azerbaijan’s games

Despite the ongoing government crackdown on investigative journalists and human rights activists in Azerbaijan, foreign manpower has played a significant role in making Baku 2015 a reality

Padraig Reidy: Denis O’Brien, parliamentary privilege and the public interest

Padraig Reidy: Denis O’Brien, parliamentary privilege and the public interest

Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien got on an injunction on the reporting of a speech in parliament regarding his private banking relationships

12 June: #RealBaku2015: Free political prisoners in Azerbaijan

12 June: #RealBaku2015: Free political prisoners in Azerbaijan

On the day of the Baku European Games opening ceremony, join Index on Censorship, Sport for Rights, Amnesty International UK, Article 19 and Platform for a demonstration calling for an end to the human rights crackdown in Azerbaijan

Padraig Reidy: We cannot choose which free speech we will defend and which we will not

Padraig Reidy: We cannot choose which free speech we will defend and which we will not

If we are to imagine free speech as a defining value of democracy (as David Cameron has said he does) then we cannot just choose which free speech we will defend and which we will not (as David Cameron has said he wants to)

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

Joint letter to Lord Sebastian Coe about Azerbaijan and the European Games

Joint letter to Lord Sebastian Coe about Azerbaijan and the European Games

Index on Censorship and a number of other organisations have signed a joint letter to Lord Sebastian Coe of the British Olympic Association, to highlight violations against freedom of expression and threats to human rights defenders in Azerbaijan ahead of the European Games