Category : Ruth’s blog

Under cover of Covid, too many people have stopped paying attention

alt informationAuthoritarian leaders are restricting freedom of expression while we battle the pandemic

Behind Belarus’ shocking statistics are real people

alt informationThere are 187 political prisoners in Belarus. Each of them is a real person, with a family and a life

The week that tested the boundaries of free speech

alt informationA senator's book deal is cancelled, Donald Trump is removed from Twitter and a congresswoman wears a mask saying "censored" - never has a robust conversation about definitions of censorship been needed

Trump has dented the American Dream

alt informationThe US President has crossed the line between free speech and incitement and five people have died

2020: One for the history books

alt informationThe past year has been all about restriction of our freedoms and not just to stop the spread of Covid

Why Index has held its first ever social media blackout

alt informationDespite atrocities against activists increasing globally, we have highlighted the execution by the Iranian government of journalist Ruhollah Zam

#HumanRightsDay: We still have a lot of work to do

alt informationAs we marked Human Rights Day 2020 we were reminded how much work we have to do to upload the day's core values. Join us in this work

Should we have to respect or just tolerate abhorrent views?

alt informationAcademics at one of our most learned institutions vote next week on what free speech means. Our CEO says respect should be earned

We mustn’t close our eyes to violence against campaigning women

alt informationAs the UN launches a campaign against gender-based violence, our CEO says we must support those who want their voices heard

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