Index on Censorship looks to the future for free expression in the USA after Bush. What will it take to roll back a culture of secrecy and surveillance? With the help of leading activists, writers and journalists, we assess the damage — and the prospects for a new era.


Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Lichtblau on exposing the White House’s wiretapping programme

Patrick Radden Keefe on the triumph of executive power
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Jameel Jaffer on the remaining secrets of the Bush administration
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Steven Aftergood on how secrecy reached new levels
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Rick Piltz on science under pressure

Geoffrey R Stone on war and speech

Christopher Shinn on the crisis in American theatre
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Plus Lawrence Krauss and Christopher M Finan

And Zoriah Miller’s remarkable portraits from Iraq

Also in this issue, we mark the 20th anniversary of a watershed for free speech — the publication of The Satanic Verses.

Publisher Peter Mayer writes for the first time about the crisis that Penguin Books faced

Nadine Gordimer revisits Salman Rushdie’s novels

Bernard-Henri Lévy
decries the retreat from tolerance
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Kenan Malik explains why Rushdie’s critics won the war
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Lisa Appignanesi, Salil Tripathi and Malise Ruthven consider the legacy of Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa.

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