Category : Media Freedom

Mapping Media Freedom identifies threats, violations and limitations faced by members of the press throughout European Union member states, candidates for entry and neighbouring countries.

Media freedom is under threat worldwide. Journalists are threatened, jailed and even killed simply for doing their job.

Index on Censorship documents threats to media freedom in Europe via a unique monitoring project and campaigns against laws that stifle journalists’ work. We also publish an award-winning magazine featuring work by and about censored journalists. Learn more.

Free expression groups call for public interest defence in UK official secrets laws

alt informationReporters Without Borders, English PEN and Index on Censorship have published their joint submission to the Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

John Mortimer: Return to Oz

alt informationIn one of barrister Sir John Mortimer's last interviews before he died in January 2009, he talked to Index about the notorious Oz trial of 1971

The best job in the world: Gabriel García Márquez on journalism

alt informationColombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, who died on 17 April, wrote this piece on the evolution of journalism for Index on Censorship magazine in 1997.

Lindsey Hilsum: The danger of reporting behind the lines

alt informationIn the summer 2016 issue of Index on Censorship magazine award-winning journalist Lindsey Hilsum asks if reporters should still be heading to warzones.

Inside Syria’s war: The extreme dangers faced by local reporters

alt informationA Syrian citizen journalist on the realities of reporting in a country where a pseudonym and bulletproof vest offer little protection from constant danger

UK proposals to update spy laws a threat to journalism

alt informationProposed legislation that could see journalists and whistleblowers sentenced up to 14 years for leaking official documents has no place in a democracy.

Dunja Mijatović: Resisting the urge to over regulate the media

alt informationThe trend towards ramping up the regulation of the media has worrying implications.

Section 40: Local newspapers respond to “dangerous lunacy”

alt informationLocal newspapers have an extremely important role in shining a light on corruption, danger and crime in their communities.

What is Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013?

alt informationSection 40 does not protect “ordinary” individuals as its advocates claim. It protects the rich and powerful and is a gift to the corrupt and conniving to silence investigative journalists – particularly media outfits that don’t have very deep pockets.

If another country had a press law like Section 40, Britain would condemn it for persecuting journalists

alt informationFor years Index of Censorship has monitored state interference in news reporting, from the authoritarian Chile in 1970s to North Korea today.

Section 40 jeopardises press freedom

alt informationSection 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 is a danger to a free press. We urge you to take action.

Freedom of the press and a state regulator

alt informationThis letter appeared in The Times on 16 December 2016 Sir, Index on Censorship has published stories by censored writers for more than four decades. Now we ourselves face the prospect of censorship via legal action in the UK. As it stands, legislation on the statute means that we — as an independent publisher that […]