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Padraig Reidy: A disgraceful use of the Communications Act

Padraig Reidy: A disgraceful use of the Communications Act

The prosecution of Pastor James McConnell under the Communications Act is the action of a prosecution service more interested in appearing to be liberal than upholding justice and rights

Poland: Journalist Lukasz Masiak fatally beaten

Poland: Journalist Lukasz Masiak fatally beaten

Lukasz Masiak, who had been subject to numerous threats believed to be connected to his work, died of traumatic brain injury after being assaulted in the Polish town of Mlawa

Fear of terror and offence pushing critical voices out of UK universities

Fear of terror and offence pushing critical voices out of UK universities

From a government crackdown on extremism to marketing departments' concerns over branding, lecturer Thomas Docherty looks at the threats to the tradition of free discussion on campus

Index Awards 2015: Driving the “good fight for change”

Index Awards 2015: Driving the “good fight for change”

Five courageous individuals were named Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award winners on 18 March 2015. Three months later, here are updates on their ongoing work

Padraig Reidy: Just another old man yelling at a cloud?

Padraig Reidy: Just another old man yelling at a cloud?

Every so often (roughly generationally) there are upheavals in mores and language. We’re on that cusp now.

13 governments that are definitely not jailing people over free speech

13 governments that are definitely not jailing people over free speech

Just look at these definitely-not-free-speech-related charges journalists and activists and human rights lawyers and pro democracy campaigners face

Azerbaijan must allow free reporting at European Games

Azerbaijan must allow free reporting at European Games

On the eve of the opening ceremony, foreign journalists and rights activists have been banned from reporting on the Baku Games. Index on Censorship calls on Azerbaijan to allow civil society groups and journalists from at home and abroad to report freely

Ten times the Azerbaijani president told us how much he loves press freedom

Ten times the Azerbaijani president told us how much he loves press freedom

Don't be fooled by the fact that journalists in Azerbaijan have been jailed, beaten, killed, and forced into hiding and exile, and their foreign colleagues banned from entering the country: Ilham Aliyev is all about media freedom

Padraig Reidy: When Putin met the Pope

Padraig Reidy: When Putin met the Pope

What might have happened when the leader of the world’s largest state met the leader of the world’s smallest?

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