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Index provides expert comment on international free expression issues, including:

  • Digital censorship, including web governance, intermediate liability,  the censorship of social media and takedown notices.
  • The suppression of free speech by authoritarian governments
  • Religious and cultural pressures that limit what we are allowed to say
  • Threats to free expression in democracies including surveillance, public order laws, defamation laws, national security and media regulation
  • Illiteracy, poverty and discrimination and other factors that limit people’s access to free expression

For media enquiries or to arrange interviews with Index staff, please contact: info@indexoncensorship.org  +44 (0)20 7260 2660.

Keep up to date with the latest Index news releases and press statements.

Press releases

Free expression groups welcome Supreme Court ruling on memoir

A Supreme Court judgment today has overturned an injunction preventing publication of the musician James Rhodes’ memoir Instrumental.

28 April: Press briefing: Give human rights a sporting chance in Azerbaijan

How can journalists effectively cover the full scope of human rights, social and political issues surrounding this summer’s European Games in Baku?

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi hosts Index on Censorship awards

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi, the host of this year’s Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, understands the effects of censorship first hand

New guidance for arts professionals on controversial productions

* Fear of prosecution over free speech can chill arts […]

Statements

Tony Blair’s plans to tackle extremism will stifle free speech

Ideas and opinions need to be exposed to open debate — not driven underground

Government plans pose serious risk to free expression

The new UK government’s plans to tackle extremism and introduce a British bill of rights, as outlined in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, raise the stakes significantly for freedom of expression in the United Kingdom

Pre-vetting broadcast content? That’s what dictatorships do, not democracies

The idea that the government should have a role in assessing content before it is broadcast should set alarm bells ringing, writes Jodie Ginsberg

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

The UK Home Secretary’s preview of a proposed new counter-extremism bill raises the stakes for freedom of expression in the United Kingdom. Index on Censorship is disturbed by the potential impact on free speech embedded in the proposals.

Jodie Ginsberg: “I believe in free expression, but…”

The decision by six authors to withdraw from a PEN American Center gala in which Charlie Hebdo will be honoured with an award once again emphasises the dangerous notion that some forms of free expression are more worthy than others of defending