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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

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Press releases

#Index100: Unveiling this year’s 100 global free speech heroes

A graffiti artist who paints murals in war-torn Yemen, a jailed Bahraini academic and the Ethiopia’s Zone 9 bloggers are among those listed among this year’s #Index100 global free expression heroes.

Drawing pressure: Cartoons go under the hammer in support of Index on Censorship

Auction of cartoons by world-renowned editorial cartoonists will benefit Index’s work with persecuted writers and artists

Syria: No word on Bassel Khartabil’s whereabouts

Unconfirmed reports are circulating that Khartabil has been secretly sentenced to death by the Syrian government. We ask the Syrian authorities to reveal Khartabil’s whereabouts and release him immediately and unconditionally.

Turkey: Increased pressure on journalists jeopardises public interest

Escalating pressure on media has significantly impacted journalists’ ability to report on matters of public interest

Joint international emergency press freedom mission

Leading watchdogs to visit Istanbul, Ankara next week to visit Turkey ahead of election


Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemn government’s refusal to allow supporters to visit pair jailed for their reporting, call for their release

Bahrain: Lift the arbitrary travel ban on human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

A coalition of NGOs calls on the Bahraini authorities to lift the arbitrary travel ban on human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and allow him to travel abroad with his family for the purpose of securing medical assistance for his wife, Sumaya Rajab.

Bahrain: Release prisoner of conscience Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace

NGOs from the around the world call for the immediate release of prisoner of conscience Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace on his 300th day of hunger strike.

After Charlie Hebdo: The free speech fight begins at home

Threats against freedom of expression come in all shapes and sizes. We need to stand up to the bullies together.

Banning Donald Trump won’t change hateful views

Index on Censorship opposes the proposal to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK.