Category : Ruth’s blog

Journalists will struggle to speak truth to power if the power isn’t showing up

alt informationRishi Sunak's decision to end the traditional morning media round is a mistake, says our CEO Ruth Anderson

Where are all the voices?

alt informationThere is so little room for alternative views and perspectives, writes our CEO Ruth Smeeth

“We deserve more on freedom of expression”

alt informationFreedom of expression has dominated the news agenda this week but not in a good way, says Ruth Smeeth

The value of public service journalism

alt informationAs the BBC celebrates its centenary, our CEO Ruth Smeeth considers why it is so important

“The tyrants win if we let acts of protest pass without notice”

alt informationWe have a duty to support those who put themselves at risk because otherwise nothing changes, says Ruth Smeeth

Too much news?

alt informationIt has been a busy week for news headlines. It is the role of Index is to make sure that the stories of dissidents are not ignored or forgotten

“Imagine the conversation between Bolsonaro and Erdogan”

alt informationProtests during mourning for Queen Elizabeth have been distasteful but not illegal. How should we express our feelings about some of the guests attending Monday's state funeral?

An ode to two defining figures from 1989

alt informationThe year 1989 saw events that shaped the world we currently live. We look at two essential figures who challenged the status quo at the time

Saudi woman’s “death sentence” for using her voice

alt informationSalma al-Shehab, who was studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds, faces a 34-year sentence for supporting other Saudi women

We need to talk about history

alt informationHiding uncomfortable truths does not erase the past, whether they are SLAPPs from powerful actors or hidden traumas in tourist hotspots

Why we need to protect end-to-end encryption

alt informationApps like Telegram and WhatsApp provide ways for human rights defenders and journalists to communicate without fear of discovery by authoritarian governments