Category : Europe and Central Asia

Charlie Hebdo: Two years on

On 7 January 2015, two gunmen entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo and murdered 12 people, including most of the senior editorial staff. The attack was in reprisal for the satirical magazine's publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

Turkey: Linguist finds himself locked up for free speech

Linguist and newspaper columnist, Sevan Nişanyan has found himself being locked up for 16 years after being subjected to a torrent of lawsuits relating to a mathematics village he was building

The Netherlands: Journalists face threats in heated Black Pete racism debate

Journalists and columnists in The Netherlands are dealing with threats when writing about the controversial black-faced children’s character Black Pete.

Turkey is a country of blood-sucking spirits

A poem by Meltem Arikan on the current state of Turkey: The piece of land surrounded by water on three sides is turning into a country where blood-sucking spirits conquer people’s bodies

Mapping Media Freedom: Recent roundup

Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project verifies threats, violations and limitations faced by the media throughout the Europe. Here are five recent reports that give us cause for concern.

Azerbaijan must stop crackdown on freedom of expression

The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out a multi-pronged attack on freedom of expression.

Ece Temelkuran: “Make Turkey so-so again!”

The women around me are more alert to the Turkey’s situation than the men are. The comfortable male universe is full of denial.

Yavuz Baydar: In exile you spend your days in a fog

My gut tells me that this time Turkey’s turmoil may turn out to be long-lasting and leave a more harmful imprint on the nation’s soul.

Dunja Mijatović: Why bother? A quick take on lying on social media

Besides the difficulty in determining truth from opinion to a bald-faced lie, the inherent limiting of ideas, including criminalising them, makes us all suffer a little bit.

Ece Temelkuran: A diary of Turkey’s interesting times

Author Ece Temelkuran brings Index up to date about the latest developments in Turkey.