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New guidance for arts professionals on controversial productions

* Fear of prosecution over free speech can chill arts practitioners * Issues triggered by Exhibit B shutdown and Muhammad images show need for guidance A new project will offer artists, producers and curators help in negotiating controversial issues. Experts, lawyers and arts practitioners will produce a series of information

Index on Censorship announces shortlist for 2015 Freedom of Expression Awards

* South American cartoonist and mafia investigator shortlisted for 2015 Freedom of Expression award * Other nominees include a jailed Moroccan rapper, the lawyers who fought Turkey’s social media ban, and a Mexican news platform fighting cartel-enforced media blackouts * Judges include Martha Lane Fox, Mariane Pearl, Keir Starmer, and

Shout Art Loud: A “living report” on art and sexual violence in Egypt

Shout Art Loud: A “living report” on art and sexual violence in Egypt

Graffiti artists, cartoonists, dancers and actors are fighting back against rising levels of violence and sexism in the streets of Cairo, according to a new documentary from Index.

Foreign Secretary: Use UK influence on Bahrain to free Nabeel Rajab, Zainab Al-Khawaja and Ghada Jamsheer

Dear Mr. Hammond, We are writing to you in light of your current tour of Gulf Cooperation Council countries regarding the arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights defenders Nabeel Rajab, Zainab Al-Khawaja and Ghada Jamsheer in Bahrain for cases of peaceful expression. Nabeel Rajab, the President of the Bahrain

Driving debate underground is not the answer to extremism

British Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed new laws that would ban extremists from TV and impose stricter controls on what can be said on the internet, in a speech at the annual Conservative Party conference. Index on Censorship is disturbed at these plans and their potential for stifling legitimate

Shout Art Loud shortlisted for Amnesty Awards

Shout Art Loud shortlisted for Amnesty Awards

The interactive documentary shows how graffiti artists, cartoonists, dancers and actors are fighting back against rising levels of violence and sexism on the streets of Cairo

Offensive art: The right to protest but not to censor

Offensive art: The right to protest but not to censor

We the undersigned members of Artsfex condemn an alarming worldwide trend in which violent protest silences artistic expression that some groups claim is offensive. People have every right to object to art they find objectionable but no right whatsoever to have that work censored. Free expression, including work that others

Exhibit B: Censorship pure and simple

Before the cancellation of Exhibit B at the Barbican this week, Index published an article from associate arts producer Julia Farrington in which she addressed the role of the institution in managing controversial art and a lack of diversity in arts management in the UK. Those who read the article

Letter to Honduras: Calling for protection of Dina Meza and all journalists

Index on Censorship and Article 19 Central America demand that the Honduran Attorney General investigates increased threats received by journalist and human rights campaigner Dina Meza

Letter: Wave of repression in Azerbaijan

Mr Thorbjørn Jagland Secretary General of the Council of Europe 67075 Strasbourg Cedex France Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 99 Email: private.office@coe.int 13 August 2014 Re: Wave of repression in Azerbaijan Dear Secretary General, We are writing to you to express our concern and disappointment with your 11 August

Balkans home to nearly half of media freedom violations

Balkans home to nearly half of media freedom violations

Over 170 cases have been submitted on a new media freedom crowdsourcing platform since its launch in May, while about half of the mapped cases of censorship and violations that spread in all 28 EU member states and candidate countries occurred in southern and southeast Europe. Mediafreedom.ushahidi.com is a website that

Index calls on Morocco to release rapper El Haqed

Index calls on Morocco to release rapper El Haqed

In an Open Letter to the Moroccan Minister of Justice and Liberties El Mustapha Ramid, 11 organisations committed to the defence of the rights to freedom of expression, culture and the arts have condemned the four-month sentence served against Mouad Belghouate.

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