Category : Ruth’s blog

Why the arrest of Egypt’s Gasser Abed El Razek is so troubling

alt informationThe arrest of the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and two staff is a shameful attack on human rights

The attacks in France are an attack on our values

alt informationAfter the murder of three churchgoers in Nice, there needs to be a national conversation around free speech

“Elections give the US moral authority to challenge authoritarian regimes”

alt informationAs the electorate decides whether the White House will be red or blue, our CEO focuses on the importance of democratic process

If Trump loses we must make sure his assault on the media is not lasting

alt informationWhether Trump wins or not next week, years of his assault on the media could have long-term implications. We must all be alert to this

Samuel Paty: an educator, a father and a free speech martyr

alt informationA French teacher is brutally murdered in Paris for teaching students about free speech. We must not forget him

“Nelson’s legacy isn’t the issue, the culture war is”

alt informationMuseums should be able to examine every aspect of history and culture without reprisal

We need to end the abuse around discussions of feminism and trans rights

alt informationAll women, whether a successful novelist like JK Rowling or a struggling blogger expressing their gender identity, have a right to their opinions

Why Index will fight for free and open debate

alt informationTo find answers to some of the biggest questions our societies have ever faced we need to listen to each other

Sir Harold Evans: a staunch advocate for free speech

alt informationThe former Sunday Times editor was a long-standing friend and supporter of Index, says Ruth Smeeth

“I am free to practise my religion: others, like the Uighurs, are not”

alt informationThis weekend I will be celebrating the Jewish New Year. Others have no such freedom

“I won’t be watching Mulan. I stand with the Uighurs”

alt informationIndex doesn’t support boycotts; we were established to publish the work of censored artists and writers – those who are being persecuted

Ruth Smeeth: “In Belarus, Lukashenko has used every tool available to a totalitarian leader”

alt informationWomen wearing white and carrying flowers have marched on Minsk as part of the protests against election result