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Matt Brown: An important learning experience

Matt Brown: An important learning experience

Matt Brown spent July to December 2015 on the Index on Censorship Youth Advisory Board. He has written a post to tell us about his time on the board. For the last 6 months, I have worked for the Index on Censorship’s Youth Advisory Board. The board consists of young

Padraig Reidy: What’s the difference between “offensive” and “grossly offensive”?

Padraig Reidy: What’s the difference between “offensive” and “grossly offensive”?

Judge Liam McNally's decision to allow the unpleasant Pastor James McConnell walk free is a little triumph for free speech

Vatican: Italian journalists face eight years in prison

Vatican: Italian journalists face eight years in prison

Two Italian journalists are being prosecuted by The Vatican for revealing confidential information and could face up to eight years in prison

Bulgaria: Investigative journalist hits back at smear campaign by media mogul

Bulgaria: Investigative journalist hits back at smear campaign by media mogul

Journalists of the Bulgarian investigative news website Bivol.bg are facing an orchestrated smear campaign that's unusual even for Bulgaria

Mapping Media Freedom: 2015 was “tumultuous” for media workers

Mapping Media Freedom: 2015 was “tumultuous” for media workers

To highlight the most pressing concerns for press freedom in Europe, Index's Mapping Media Freedom correspondents discuss the violations the stood out most

One year on from Charlie Hebdo, dissenting voices must be protected

One year on from Charlie Hebdo, dissenting voices must be protected

On the anniversary of the brutal attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo we, the undersigned, reaffirm our commitment to the defence of the right to freedom of expression

After Charlie Hebdo: The free speech fight begins at home

After Charlie Hebdo: The free speech fight begins at home

Threats against freedom of expression come in all shapes and sizes. We need to stand up to the bullies together.

Serbia: Independent media increasingly targeted as spies

Serbia: Independent media increasingly targeted as spies

In November, a Belgrade tabloid began targeting independent media outlets by labelling them as "foreign spies".

Lithuania: Russian television channel in conflict with regulator

Lithuania: Russian television channel in conflict with regulator

RTR Planeta, a Russian language channel broadcasting in Lithuania, has repeatedly run into conflict with the country's television regulator.

Poland: Abolition of safeguards for pluralism and independence in public service media

Poland: Abolition of safeguards for pluralism and independence in public service media

Coalition urges Polish authorities to resist any temptation to strengthen political control over the media.

Netherlands: Rijksmuseum’s problem with words

Netherlands: Rijksmuseum’s problem with words

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is in the process of removing terms visitors may find offensive

Estonia’s third channel struggles to connect with Russian speakers

Estonia’s third channel struggles to connect with Russian speakers

In late November 2014, Estonia’s parliament made a historic decision to launch a Russian-language TV-channel as part of ERR, Estonia’s public broadcaster. A year later the channel is a reality: ETV+, ERR’s third channel debuted on 28 September. The launch passed quite quietly, compared to the reaction that greeted the