Category : European Parliament

Confronting SLAPP suits: Don’t let them silence you

alt informationAs part of our work on media freedom, Index on Censorship is launching a campaign to raise awareness among journalists and activists about the increasing use of legal threats as a means of silencing critics and investigative reporting.

Cartoons cut from European Parliament exhibition for “controversial content”

alt informationThe European Parliament is accused of censoring a series of political cartoons from Greece which were due to appear in an upcoming exhibition later this month.

European Parliament adopts resolution condemning Bahrain’s human rights abuses

alt informationYesterday, the European Parliament adopted, with a large majority, a resolution condemning recent human rights abuses performed by Bahraini authorities

Joint statement in support of European Parliament resolution on the human rights situation in Angola

alt informationThe resolution calls for the release of all political prisoners and human rights defenders and highlights the case of José Marcos Mavungo

Richard Howitt MEP: European Parliament targets Turkey’s record on free expression

As millions mourn the shooting of journalists in France, the European Parliament convening this week in Strasbourg today extended the fight for freedom of expression to legal threats, harassment and character assassination against free journalism in Turkey.

Azerbaijan: Journalist Arzu Geybulla threatened

alt informationAzerbaijani journalist Arzu Geybulla has been the subject of ongoing intimidation via social media

European parliament orders NSA inquiry

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee is to hold an inquiry into claims that the United States has been engaged in surveillance of European citizens and diplomats. The inquiry is to report by the end of 2013.

INDEX Q&A: Talking to Europe’s most wired politician

In a world where digital policy is written by politicians who barely know how to send an email, Marietje Schaake is a breath of fresh air. Marta Cooper meets the pioneering Dutch MEP

Mexico signs ACTA despite opposition

Last week Mexico’s ambassador to Japan signed the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).  The approval was deemed a scandal by Mexican media. The Agreement is not widely known in the country, but serious opposition is rising up from academic and human rights organisations.  The end of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was cheered here, but […]

ACTA voted down by European Parliament

The European Parliament today voted to throw out the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The legislation, which was introduced to combat piracy, came under fire from activists who warned that its vague language threatened digital freedom. In December, the treaty was signed by all 27 government heads included in the European Union, but was not ratified. […]

EU parliament votes to monitor internet censorship and create rights tzar

The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of a human rights resolution which calls for new rules to monitor internet censorship under autocratic regimes yesterday. The report’s author Labour MEP Richard Howit recommended an export ban on the technology that can be used to censor or block websites and monitor mobile communications. The reports calls for a coherent European […]