Category : Event Reports

Article 19 launches campaign calling for more transparency and accountability around online content removal

alt information“Are social media companies publishers or platforms?” Juliet Oosthuysen, who was recently banned from Twitter for expressing an opinion regarding the UK’s Gender Recognition Act, asked at a panel discussion organised by Article 19

State security v freedom of the press: Protecting sources does not mean journalists are pro-terrorism

alt informationIn discussing the scope of the recent Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, international human rights lawyer Alex Bailin QC called the powers created by the new legislation “breathtakingly broad.”

China and Tiananmen: Dangerous truth

alt informationIndex on Censorship magazine editor Rachael Jolley marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre in conversation with journalist Tania Branigan and academic Jeff Wasserstrom. They were joined by author Xinran, who shared her memories.

Lifting the curtain on censorship: Noel Coward’s banned plays brought to life

alt informationMarking the 50th anniversary of the end of UK theatre censorship, Index hosted an educational and interactive workshop with young people at the British Library

Birth, marriage and death: Confronting taboos at Index winter magazine launch

alt information“I found it empowering to be told I couldn't talk about something," said Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period on the topic of period taboos at the launch of the winter Index on Censorship magazine

Are storytelling and appealing to emotions valid ways of arguing, debate panellists at Index autumn magazine launch

alt information“Robust challenges” should be sought-after rather than silencing those who share different views, said @timandraharkness @indexcensorship event

How the publishing industry systemically silences voices from marginalised groups

alt informationWhen Sunny Singh was writing her last novel, “Hotel Arcadia,” featuring an Indian protagonist caught in a terrorist siege, she received a response from a publisher she didn’t expect: “We already have our female war correspondent novel of the year.” They didn’t need another one.

Noel Coward’s censored plays brought to life at British Library

alt informationMarking the 50th year anniversary of the end of UK theatre censorship ushered in by the Theatres Act of 1968, Index on Censorship hosted The Lord Chamberlain Regrets - Theatre and Censorship workshop looking at Noel Coward's controversial plays.

Black and banned: Who is free speech for?

alt informationIs free speech a way to promote unheard and under-represented voices and perspectives, or is it a tool wielded by extremists and supremacists?

Expression Uncensored: “It’s a bonus when you realise your music is helping someone live their life”

alt informationExpression Uncensored, which was hosted by Sonos, Index on Censorship and Gay Times Magazine, featured a panel of leading musicians from around the world to discuss queer music and censorship. 

Challenging authority: Shakespeare and radical theatre today

alt information“When you hold the mirror up to nature and up to a totalitarian regime, it recognises it and attempts to stamp it out”