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.

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 […]

Section 40 of Crime and Courts Act 2013 poses threat to press freedom

alt informationImpress has been recognised as an approved regulator by the Press Regulation Panel under the Royal Charter.

Letter: Crime and Courts Act 2013 danger to free press

alt informationThe Crime and Courts Act 2013, as it stands, is a danger to a free press. Under the act, a publisher can be ordered to pay both sides' costs in a dispute if the publisher is not a member of an approved regulator.

Index fears recognition of Impress could stifle investigative journalism and threaten press freedom

alt informationIndex on Censorship welcomes the delay in the royal charter recognition of Impress by the Press Regulation Panel and hopes it provides an opportunity for further consultation.

Index on Censorship response to the IMPRESS consultation

November 2014 (PDF) As a UK-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of free speech and elimination of censorship worldwide, Index on Censorship is pleased to have the opportunity to provide feedback on the documents that proposed press regulator IMPRESS has drawn up ahead of its formal launch. Index also made written and oral representations to […]

Life After Leveson: The UK media in 2014

Britain has always had a complicated relationship with the free press. On the one hand, Milton’s Apologia, Mill’s On Liberty, Orwell’s volleys at censorship and propaganda. On the other hand, there is a sense that journalists, editors and proprietors are at best incompetent and at worst genuinely venal people whose sole interest is making others […]

Life After Leveson: Media Freedom in the UK (19 Feb)

alt information  Join Index on Censorship for a lively discussion of the past and future of Britain’s free press. 2014 is set to be a pivotal year for UK media. The new defamation law will see its first tests, and the press and campaigners are rushing to establish a new regulator. Is the free press under […]

On Leveson, language and topsy-turviness

A response to the Media Standards Trust's Martin Moore

World Association of Newspapers urges Queen Elizabeth to reject politicians’ Leveson charter

alt informationLetter to monarch from international media says Britain should lead by example on press freedom