#FreeToAir: Index’s autumn magazine launch hails the rebirth of radio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Despite predictions of its death, the retro medium of radio is back. From community-based stations like London’s RTS Radio, which encourages voices not heard on mainstream stations, to the renaissance of the podcast, on-the-air and online streaming options are experiencing a surge in popularity.

Hosted by Index on Censorship magazine editor Rachael Jolley, the panel exploring radio’s present and future included Jamie Angus, deputy director of the BBC World Service Group, broadcaster and DJ Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura from NTS Live, and broadcaster and writer Mark Frary, who also ran a short DIY podcasting workshop before the discussion.

The discussion from our panellists was wide-ranging – from the challenges of reporting in war zones to emerging DJ’s creating new sounds from their bedrooms, from terror organisations using radio as propaganda to young people rejecting social media for podcasts.

The event, which was aired by Resonance FM, was held to launch the autumn 2017 magazine with its special report Free to Air: Why the Rebirth of Radio is Delivering More News at the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch, home to digital product studio Ustwo. Drinks were provided by Flying Dog Brewery, our freedom of expression chums and sponsors.

Special thanks to SAGE Publishing, Index on Censorship magazine’s publisher and sponsor.

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Forget the “wall”, what we really need to talk about is Mexico’s deadly environment for journalists

Free to air is the autumn 2017 edition of Index on Censorship magazine

Free to air is the autumn 2017 edition of Index on Censorship magazine

Mexico is among the world’s most dangerous places to be a journalist, with a record number of journalists being killed in Mexico this year. We explore this in the autumn issue of Index on Censorship magazine 2017, which features two excellent articles on the dangers journalists face in the country today.

In an in-depth exclusive for Index, Duncan Tucker writes: “A record 11 journalists were murdered in 2016, and 2017 is on course to surpass that grim tally.”

Tucker says that Mexico’s drug war has brought record murder rates in 2017 and that this trend looks set to only get worse, with next year’s elections likely to cause further instability across the country.

“More than 100 Mexican journalists have been murdered since 2000 and at least 23 others have disappeared.”

“According to the Committee to Protect journalists, 95% of those killed in direct retaliation for their work are reporters for publications, which are typically in remote regions where the rule of law is undermined by rampant crime and corruption.”

“While journalists from the capital can retreat to relative safety after reporting in hazardous areas, local reporters are constantly exposed to the consequences of their work.”

Several local journalists are interviewed in the article, including Adrian Lopez, editor of a newspaper in the state of Sinaloa, who says: “We need professional help to understand and talk more about these things and the trauma that the violence could cause us.”

Alejandro Hope, a security analyst, says: “Federal authorities have failed to properly investigate and prosecute these cases.”

In the second article in the magazine to spotlight Mexico, journalist Tim MacGabhann is interviewed about his fictional book, which follows the life of a non-Mexican journalist in Mexico, who is haunted by the ghost of a colleague, a Mexican journalist. MacGabhann, who has reported from Mexico for Al Jazeera, amongst other publications, spoke of the protection foreign correspondents are afforded in the country and how this protection is not extended to Mexican journalists. The ramifications of this are becoming more visible at present.

“As foreign correspondents we depend on the work of local reporters, as fixers, to read their stories, and yet they pick up the tab,” says MacGabhann, who was visibly shocked by the growing tally of dead journalists this year when interviewed.

“NGOs can get you a panic button, one that you wear around your wrist or at home, but lots of journalists don’t use them. They’re too afraid because the person threatening you is likely to be a cop and you’re not going to call the cops about the cops.”

MacGabhann also spoke of his tremendous respect for journalists who continue to report there. Despite the violence, journalists continue to write and expose the country’s crime and corruption. They would rather be killed than stop reporting,” said MacGabhann.

For more information on the situation journalists face in Mexico and to read these articles, alongside other articles spotlighting Mexican journalists this year, please contact Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship magazine at [email protected] or Jemimah Steinfeld, deputy editor, at [email protected]  


You can order your copy here, or take out a digital subscription via Exact Editions. Copies are also available at the BFI, the Serpentine Gallery, MagCulture, (London), News from Nowhere (Liverpool), Home (Manchester) and on Amazon. Each magazine sale helps Index on Censorship continue its fight for free expression worldwide.

About  Index on Censorship magazine

Index on Censorship magazine was first published in 1972 and remains the only global magazine dedicated to free expression. Since then, some of the greatest names in literature and academia have written for the magazine, including Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Amartya Sen, Samuel Beckett, as well as Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter. The magazine continues to attract great writers, passionate arguments, and expose chilling stories of censorship and violence. It is the only global free expression magazine.

Each quarterly magazine is filled with reports, analysis, photography and creative writing from around the world. Index on Censorship magazine is published four times a year by Sage, and is available in print, online and mobile/tablets (iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire)

Winner of the British Society of Magazine Editors 2016 Editor of the Year in the special interest brand category.

As the Boston Globe said, Index has bylines that Vanity Fair would kill for. “Would that bylines were the only things about Index people were willing to kill for”




Free to air: Radio reborn


Free to air is the autumn 2017 edition of Index on Censorship magazine

Free to air is the autumn 2017 edition of Index on Censorship magazine

Join Index on Censorship magazine for the launch of the autumn 2017 celebrating all things radio.

In conjunction with our friends at Resonance FM, Index will be broadcasting all evening on Tuesday 10 October, as we discuss the rebirth of radio and why it is so important to freedom of expression.

Special guests include Jamie Angus, deputy director of the BBC World Service Group, broadcaster and DJ Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura from NTS Live, broadcaster and sound artist Fari Bradley from Resonance FM and writer and broadcaster Mark Frary, who will also be running a short DIY podcasting workshop before the panel discussion.

We’re launching the magazine with its special report Free to Air: Why the Rebirth of Radio is Delivering More News at the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch, home to digital product studio ustwo, our venue partners for the launch. Features in the latest magazine include a 98-year-old granny making grassroots radio in the USA, radio journalists in Somalia who brave danger to do their jobs and the Spanish comedians who make a television show about a radio station.

There will be drinks from Flying Dog Brewery, our freedom of expression chums and sponsors and we’ll be closing the evening with a DJ set from Resonance FM’s very own Nana Nicol.

6:00 – 6:30 DIY podcasting workshop, register for your free space via [email protected]
6:30 – 7:15 drinks
7:15 – 8:30 Panel discussion
8:30 – 9:00 DJ set from Nana Nicol

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When: Tuesday 10 October 18:30 to 21:00
Where: ustwo London, 62 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
Tickets: Free. Registration required via Eventbrite


Negotiating the nipple cover-up

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Part of the controversy lies in the double standard. Male nipples are totally fine, despite little to no difference in their appearance. With that in mind, we present to you a male nipple. You can cut this out and put it over a female nipple. Your nipples will then be ready to go out in public.

You can read more about the latest issue of the magazine here.