Index on Censorship » Events https://www.indexoncensorship.org the voice of free expression Tue, 26 May 2015 11:36:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=276 the voice of free expression Index on Censorship no the voice of free expression Index on Censorship » Events http://www.indexoncensorship.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Free_Speech_Bites_Logo.jpg https://www.indexoncensorship.org/category/events/ 26 May: Zanele Muholi in conversation with Bidisha https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/05/26-may-zanele-muholi-in-conversation-with-bidisha/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/05/26-may-zanele-muholi-in-conversation-with-bidisha/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:33:51 +0000 https://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=66335 Writer, campaigner and broadcaster Bidisha joins South African photographer and human rights campaigner Zanele Muholi in London to discuss the power of art in activism and the importance of visibility and representation in combating prejudice and human rights abuse.

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South African photographer and human rights campaigner Zanele Muholi won the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Arts Award in 2013.

Writer, campaigner and broadcaster Bidisha joins her in London to discuss the power of art in activism and the importance of visibility and representation in combating prejudice and human rights abuse.

Zanele will also be discussing her Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 nominated work Faces and Phases which is currently on display at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (17 Apr – 7 Jun) and at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (1 May – 1 Nov)

WHEN: Tuesday 26th May 2015, 6.30pm
WHERE: London College of Fashion, London, W1G 0BJ
TICKETS: £12 with promo code PGMEMBER (normally £20) / available here

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10 June: The new civility: are religious freedom and freedom of speech intertwined? https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/10-june-the-new-civility-are-religious-freedom-and-freedom-of-speech-intertwined/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/10-june-the-new-civility-are-religious-freedom-and-freedom-of-speech-intertwined/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:08:41 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=65505 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 be wary of causing offence […]

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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 be wary of causing offence to people’s religious sensibilities have a point? Or is the world full of offended people and any idea of holding back ends up with us not being able to talk about important issues?

Panellists: Anthony Clavane, playwright, journalist and author of Promised Land: A Northern Love Story; Chris Bond, journalist with the Yorkshire Post; Chief Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE of Leeds Makkah Masjid; BBC Radio York’s Rev Dr Stephen Sorby of Ebor Ministries; Rachael Jolley, editor of the Index on Censorship magazine

WHEN: Wednesday 10th June 2015, 6.30pm
WHERE: Waterstones, Albion Street, Leeds
TICKETS: £3 / available here

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23 May: The Index Debate: Diss my mother; expect a punch https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/23-may-index-at-hay-festival/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/23-may-index-at-hay-festival/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:09:31 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=65496 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 Festival on Saturday 23 May, […]

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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 Festival on Saturday 23 May, along with a debate discussing the limits of free speech and the nature of offence. Speakers include: Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Index chair David Aaronovitch, editor of Index on Censorship magazine Rachael Jolley and academic Sarah Churchwell.

Where: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage, Hay Festival
When: Saturday 23 May 2015, 8.30pm
Tickets: £8 / order here

Index is also holding a debate on 24 May at Hay Festival, find out more here

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24 May: Index Punch Ups at the Hay Festival https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/24-may-index-at-hay-festival/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/24-may-index-at-hay-festival/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:07:23 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=65498 Punchy short arguments about flashpoints in freedom of speech debates – porn, blasphemy, Israel, national security. Where do we draw the lines? And why?

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

Speakers include: Comedian David Baddiel, author and historian Tom Holland, Index chair David Aaronovitch and editor of Index on Censorship magazine Rachael Jolley, along with other guests

Where: Oxfam Moot, at the Hay Festival
When: Sunday 24 May 2015, 8.30pm
Tickets: £7 / Order here

Index is also launching its spring magazine at Hay Festival on 23 May, more information here

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28 April: Press briefing: Give human rights a sporting chance in Azerbaijan https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/28-april-press-briefing-give-human-rights-sporting-chance-azerbaijan/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/04/28-april-press-briefing-give-human-rights-sporting-chance-azerbaijan/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:23:45 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=65430 How can journalists effectively cover the full scope of human rights, social and political issues surrounding this summer's European Games in Baku?

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Should human rights activists call for boycotts of sports events hosted by repressive regimes? What responsibility do sports organisations have? How can journalists effectively cover the full scope of human rights, social and political issues surrounding the Baku European Games?

In June 2015, Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will host the first European Games under the umbrella of the European Olympic Committees. Controversy already surrounds this new sporting venture, following reports earlier this year that Azerbaijan will foot the bill for all 50 national Olympic teams to attend.

The country’s internal political situation gives further cause for concern. Over the last twelve months, a wave of arrests of key critics — including human rights activists, election monitors, lawyers and investigative journalists — has almost entirely silenced Azerbaijani civil society, leaving activists and journalists in exile to highlight the regime’s on-going attacks on freedom of expression. Several large NGOs have been closed and legislative amendments make it almost impossible for critical groups to get foreign funding. The government controls all broadcast media, and in December, it forcefully closed the Baku branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a US-funded media organisation.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan continues an expensive PR campaign to promote its image abroad – with considerable success. International criticism has been largely muted; with the EU and the US looking at ways to foster closer and strategic ties with Azerbaijan.

During this interactive session, our panellists will explore the relationship between sport and human rights, examining the argument that Azerbaijan is using such high profile events to whitewash its image amidst criticism from domestic human rights activists as well as international bodies regarding its human rights records.

The panel, chaired by ARTICLE 19, will bring together Azerbaijani human rights activists, political commentators and international human rights experts. The panellists will include Emin Milli, a former political prisoner in Azerbaijan, now director of Meydan TV, Rebecca Vincent, coordinator of the Sport for Rights Campaign, Giorgi Gogia, Human Rights Watch’s senior researcher on Azerbaijan who was recently denied entry into the country, and others to be confirmed.

The event format will be as follows:
12.30 – 13.00: Arrival, lunch and informal discussion
13.00 – 14.00: Interactive session, featuring Azerbaijani journalists and activists as well as human rights experts.
14.00 – 15.00: Opportunity for one-on-one interviews/discussion with panel members

The Panellists:
Emin Milli is an activist, blogger and co-founder of Meydan TV, an alternative online Azerbaijani news service, operating from Berlin. In August 2009, Milli and Adnan Hajizada, (known as the “donkey bloggers”), were found guilty of hooliganism and imprisoned for more than a year after posting an online video satirising the Azerbaijani government.
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Rebecca Vincent is a human rights activist and former U.S. diplomat who has been working on Azerbaijan for nine years. In December 2012, her Azerbaijani residence permit was revoked in connection with her human rights work in the country, and she has been unable to return to Azerbaijan ever since. She is currently the coordinator of the Sport for Rights campaign.
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Giorgi Gogia is a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch with over a decade of experience working on Azerbaijan. Giorgi was recently banned from travelling to Azerbaijan, preventing him from monitoring the trials of human rights defenders behind bars on politically-motivated charges. He was deported without any explanation after spending 31 hours in Baku’s Heydar Aliyev airport.
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This event is hosted by Article 19, Human Rights Watch and Index on Censorship on behalf of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA). The IPGA is a coalition of 22 international NGOs, coordinated by ARTICLE 19, working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. The group arose from a broader International Partnership framework established by International Media Support (IMS) and Open Society Foundations (OSF) in 2010. Since then, the IPGA has engaged in joint advocacy around specific events, such as the Eurovision Song Contest and the Internet Governance Forum both of which were held in the Azerbaijani capital Baku in 2012; and  has regularly raised issues relating to human rights in Azerbaijan at international and regional institutions, notably the Council of Europe – with Azerbaijan chairing the body’s Committee of Ministers in 2014. – Read more about the IPGA

Where: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ
When: Tue 28 April, 12:30pm
Tickets: RSVP at ipga@article19.org

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21 April: Whose story is it anyway? https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/21-april-whose-story-anyway/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/21-april-whose-story-anyway/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:13:11 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=64319 Writers discuss the representation of refugees in novels and plays. What ethical questions are involved? Is there a responsibility to represent refugees positively?

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Clockwise from top left: Nadifa Mohamed, Chris Cleave, Zodwa Nyoni, Tim Finch

Writers discuss the representation of refugees in novels and plays. What ethical questions are involved? Is there a responsibility to represent refugees positively? How do you balance reportage with storytelling? What responsibility, if any, does the creative writer have to represent refugees positively or to tackle negative views?

Featured writers:

Nadifa Mohamed, author of Black Mamba Boy (winner of the Betty Trask Prize) and The Orchard Of Lost Souls. (“A haunting and intimate portrait of the lives of women in war-torn Somalia . . . it captures the bleakness of war and the triumph of the human spirit.” —Meenakshi Venkat, New York Journal of Books)

Chris Cleave, author of books including The Other Hand (“A powerful piece of art… shocking, exciting and deeply affecting.” – Independent). His other novels are Incendiary and Gold. He won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was short-listed for the Costa Book Prize for The Other Hand.

Zodwa Nyoni, poet and playwright whose play Nine Lives is set to for a UK Tour later this year (“Nyoni’s interweaving of naturalism and poetry is superb, and lifts this show far beyond documentary, into unforgettable solo drama about one of the key experiences of our time.” The Scotsman). Her new play Boi Boi Is Dead also opens in 2015.

Tim Finch, author of The House of Journalists (“A savagely funny broadside aimed at the industry of suffering” Metro “[An] effective mixture of often-light comedy and often-brutal reportage from the front line against tyranny” Daily Mail) and former Director of Communications at the Refugee Council.

Presented by Counterpoints Arts and Platforma Arts & Refugees Network in association with Index on Censorship.

Where: RichMix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
When: Tue 21 April, 7:30pm
Tickets: £5 / Book here

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25 Feb: Screening and discussion about Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/25-feb-screening-discussion-cartoonists-foot-soldiers-democracy/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/25-feb-screening-discussion-cartoonists-foot-soldiers-democracy/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:15:15 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=64326 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

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Screening: Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Directed by Stéphanie Valloatto | 2013 | French with English Subtitles | 110 Mins

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.

Produced by acclaimed Jewish director Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become, The Concert), Cartoonists is a unique opportunity to explore close-up the difficullties and dangers for those who practice this extraordinary profession. ‘The cartoonists permanently test the degree of democracy in their country and put themselves in the frontline’ explains Mihaileanu, ‘they are the foot soldiers of democracy’.

‘Just like the best political cartoons, Cartoonists manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny’ – Hollywood Reporter

This screening will be followed by a discussion featuring:

Martha Richler, an acclaimed political cartoonist, whose cartoons are also represented in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in the Charles Saatchi Collection.

David Aaronovitch, a journalist and a regular columnist for The Times, and author (Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country, Voodoo Histories: the role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History). He won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2001, and the What the Papers Say “Columnist of the Year” award for 2003.

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, and a former Bureau Chief of Reuters in the UK.

Where: JW3 Howard Hall 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET
When: Wednesday 25 February 2015 8.00pm
Tickets: £5-£10 / Book here

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13 Feb: The Content and Context of Charlie Hebdo – Protecting freedom of expression and combating “hate speech” https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/13-feb-content-context-charlie-hebdo-protecting-freedom-expression-combating-hate-speech/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/02/13-feb-content-context-charlie-hebdo-protecting-freedom-expression-combating-hate-speech/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:20:38 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63893 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?

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A book event on “The Content and Context of Hate Speech – Rethinking Regulation and Responses” edited by Michael Herz and Peter Molnar (Cambridge UP 2012)

Hosts: The Rafto Foundation, Vivarta, Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Index on Censorship.

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?

All are invited to this public discussion with leading thinkers and activists, starting with a reception including short slam poetry performances at 6 pm.

PANEL:
– Jodie Ginsberg, CEO Index on Censorship (moderator)
– Peter Molnar, free speech scholar, writer, slammer, radio host (CEU), Radio Forbidden)
– Rashad Ali, Director of CENTRI, Senior Fellow to ISD
– Timothy Garton Ash, Director of freespeechdebate.com, Oxford University

Where: Free Word Centre
, 60 Farringdon Road
, London, EC1R 3GA
When: Friday 13 Feb at 6pm
Tickets: Free entrance

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19 Feb: As long as it’s funny – a discussion about comedy and censorship https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/19-feb-long-funny-discussion-comedy-censorship/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/19-feb-long-funny-discussion-comedy-censorship/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:58:50 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63735 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 laugh at the very worst […]

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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 laugh at the very worst of human nature?
  • Is comedy a natural and positive way of coping with horror?
  • When is a joke just too offensive to use?
  • When exactly is “too soon”?
  • What’s off limits?
  • Is every aspect of life fair game?

Join the London Irish Comedy Festival to grapple with these and many other questions in a provocative and interactive event.

PANELLISTS INCLUDE
Steve Moore, Entrepreneur, Campaigner and Facilitator
Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship
Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy, Talent Development & Music, RTÉ
Austin Harney, Chair, Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities
Gráinne Maguire, stand-up comedian, comedy writer and columnist

WHERE: Comedy Café Theatre, 68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY
WHEN: Thursday 19th February 2015 – 8:00pm
TICKETS: Free but must be reserved – available here

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10 Feb: Counter-censorship workshop https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/10-feb-counter-censorship-workshop/ https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/01/10-feb-counter-censorship-workshop/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=63282 Index on Censorship is hosting a workshop on how ​the next generation of ​journalists can address threats and challenges to ​their freedom in Europe.

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​In 2015 and beyond, there is a world of new challenges for the journalist — from legal threats​, online harassment and intimidation​,​ ​to ​surveillance and physical attacks​.​

Index staff, guest speakers and participants will discuss risks and challenges, highlight ​effective ​measures​ that​ exist​ to combat these, and​ share experience and best practice.

An introduction to digital security and training material including Security-In-A-Box will also be provided.

This workshop is for young journalists and students in journalism. Participation is free of charge but limited to 20 participants.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Jessica Elgot, Assistant News Editor, Huffington Post UK
Amie Ferris-Rotman, Journalist, formerly Reuters senior correspondent in Kabul, Afghanistan
Melody Patry, Senior Advocacy Officer, Index on Censorship
Ben Whitelaw, Head of Community and Digital Development, The Times

WHERE: Index on Censorship offices, 92-94 Tooley Street, SE1 2TH London
WHEN: Tuesday 10 February 2015, 6pm
TICKETS: Tickets are available here on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is mandatory.

For more information about the workshop, please email melody@indexoncensorship.org.

This event is supported by the European Commission and is part of Index’s media freedom mapping project that monitors censorship in the European Union.

 

Download the slides presented at the workshop.

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