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5 June: Rosewater film screening + Q&A with Maziar Bahari

5 June: Rosewater film screening + Q&A with Maziar Bahari

In June 2009, London-based journalist Maziar Bahari returns to his homeland of Iran to report for the BBC on the elections, where, finding himself embroiled in the maelstrom of unrest that follows Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration, he documents the protests from the streets of Tehran. The morning after, he is arrested

6 June: Artistic censorship in repressive regimes

6 June: Artistic censorship in repressive regimes

A panel discussion exploring different aspects of freedom of expression in repressive regimes

10 June: The new civility: are religious freedom and freedom of speech intertwined?

10 June: The new civility: are religious freedom and freedom of speech intertwined?

Index on Censorship magazine are holding a big debate, in partnership with the Leeds Big Bookend festival. Does freedom of religion and freedom of speech come as a package or can you pick and choose? Do those people who suggest freedom of expression should be “civilised” and that we should

23 May: The Index Debate: Diss my mother; expect a punch

23 May: The Index Debate: Diss my mother; expect a punch

Index at the Hay Festival What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of “offence”? What earns “respect”? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer? Index on Censorship magazine will launch its spring issue at this year’s Hay

24 May: Index Punch Ups at the Hay Festival

24 May: Index Punch Ups at the Hay Festival

Punchy short arguments about flashpoints in freedom of speech debates – porn, blasphemy, Israel, national security. Where do we draw the lines? And why?

28 April: Press briefing: Give human rights a sporting chance in Azerbaijan

28 April: Press briefing: Give human rights a sporting chance in Azerbaijan

How can journalists effectively cover the full scope of human rights, social and political issues surrounding this summer's European Games in Baku?

21 April: Whose story is it anyway?

21 April: Whose story is it anyway?

Writers discuss the representation of refugees in novels and plays. What ethical questions are involved? Is there a responsibility to represent refugees positively?

25 Feb: Screening and discussion about Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy

25 Feb: Screening and discussion about Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy

In the wake of the recent tragic events in Paris, this powerful and moving film follows 12 loveable and courageous cartoonists – from Tel Aviv, Moscow, New York, Caracas, and Paris – as they brilliantly capture the comedy and tragedy in the world, armed with just a pencil

13 Feb: The Content and Context of Charlie Hebdo – Protecting freedom of expression and combating “hate speech”

13 Feb: The Content and Context of Charlie Hebdo – Protecting freedom of expression and combating “hate speech”

The attack on Charlie Hebdo dramatically increased the pressure on freedom of speech in all of Europe. How do we respond to audiences who do not recognize satire as a legitimate form of free expression, without increasing this pressure?

19 Feb: As long as it’s funny – a discussion about comedy and censorship

19 Feb: As long as it’s funny – a discussion about comedy and censorship

The London Irish Comedy Festival is hosting a free event about comedy and censorship. Controversy has always surrounded the comedy industry, from stand-up to sitcom to satire. During the discussion, ethics, censorship, freedom of expression and taste will be explored by special guest panellists and the audience. What makes us sometimes

10 Feb: Counter-censorship workshop

10 Feb: Counter-censorship workshop

Index on Censorship is hosting a workshop on how ​the next generation of ​journalists can address threats and challenges to ​their freedom in Europe.

10 Feb: Four years of revolution: Bahrainis insist on political change

10 Feb: Four years of revolution: Bahrainis insist on political change

Lord Avebury, the Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group cordially invites you to a press conference on: Four years of revolution: Bahrainis insist on political change Four years ago the people of Bahrain flocked to the streets in their thousands seeking fundamental political change after decades of discriminatory

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