Category : free speech

Free speech news and analysis from Index on Censorship. Free speech is a fundamental human right: The ability to express yourself without fear of harm or persecution underpins all other human rights.

Buffer zones have potential to set a dangerous precedent

alt informationA vote by Ealing Council that could see anti-abortion protesters banned from demonstrating outside a clinic in a bid to protect women from harassment raises troubling implications for freedom of expression.

Free speech must apply to all — even those we find offensive

alt informationFree speech — genuine free speech that tolerates the ideas we find most offensive — must apply equally

Editorial: Laughter tracked

alt informationA country's sense of humour is a nebulous thing. But when it starts to disappear, something serious is afoot.

The Netherlands: Journalists stand up against online sexual harassment

alt informationA petition urging advertisers to withdraw their ads from provocative right-wing blog GeenStijl, shook up The Netherlands last month.

What does the International Bill of Human Rights mean for freedom of expression?

alt informationThe International Bill of Human Rights consists of the five core treaties that advance the fundamental freedoms and to protect the basic human rights

Meet the new Index youth board

alt informationIndex recently appointed a new youth advisory board cohort. The eight young students and professionals, from countries including Hungary, Germany, India and the US, will hold their seats on the board until December.

Youth Advisory Board: Free speech issues around the world

alt informationFor the past six months the Index on Censorship Youth Advisory Board has attended monthly online meetings to debate free speech issues and completed tasks

Index on Censorship youth advisory board

alt informationWe are looking for enthusiastic young people between that ages of 16 and 25 who can commit to monthly meetings and contribute fresh ideas to the discussion

Why is free speech important?

alt informationFreedom of expression is a fundamental human right. It reinforces all other human rights, allowing society to develop and progress.

Join Index on Censorship’s Youth Advisory Board

alt informationIndex on Censorship is recruiting for its next Youth Advisory Board for the six months from January until June 2016

Thoughts policed: Max Wind-Cowie

alt informationHave we created a media culture where politicians fear voicing an opinion that’s not the party line? Max Wind-Cowie reports

29 June: Legal protections for journalists worldwide? (Partner event)

alt informationSix months after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, journalists face more threats than ever before, from harassment to imprisonment to murder – since the beginning of the year, 50 journalists have been killed. While some countries, like Norway, have scrapped blasphemy laws to strongly assert freedom of speech, others such as the UK are […]