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Free expression groups welcome Supreme Court ruling on memoir

A Supreme Court judgment today has overturned an injunction preventing publication of the musician James Rhodes’ memoir Instrumental.

Malaysian authorities must drop charges against cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque

Malaysian authorities must drop charges against cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque

Index on Censorship joins Article 19, English PEN, Media Legal Defence Initiative and PEN International in writing to the Malaysian prime minister calling for the charges against cartoonist, Zunar, to be dropped.

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

The UK Home Secretary's preview of a proposed new counter-extremism bill raises the stakes for freedom of expression in the United Kingdom. Index on Censorship is disturbed by the potential impact on free speech embedded in the proposals.

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

Index on Censorship response to the IMPRESS consultation

November 2014 (PDF) As a UK-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of free speech and elimination of censorship worldwide, Index on Censorship is pleased to have the opportunity to provide feedback on the documents that proposed press regulator IMPRESS has drawn up ahead of its formal launch. Index also made

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

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