Category : protests

Index Freedom of Expression Awards: Arts nominee Meltem Arikan

alt informationInternational Freedom of Expression 2014 Arts Award Nominee and renowned Turkish playwright and novelist Meltem Arikan answered questions about her nomination during a Twitter chat with Index on Censorship

Brazil: Bills rushed through congress in bid to suppress World Cup protests

alt informationSuggested laws would ban “crimes against sporting and cultural events” among other things. Simone Marques reports

Sudan blacks out internet to hide brutal suppression of protests

alt informationPeaceful protests in Sudan have led to an ongoing violent government crackdowns and internet blackout - Dalia Haj-Omar reports

Brazilian police target protesters — and journalists

Sparked by a series of transport fare hikes and official corruption, the ongoing mass protests in Brazil's cities have been greeted by crackdowns by police. Rafael Spuldar reports on the journalists caught in the crossfire

Spain: The formidable voices of the plazas

alt informationAttempts to criminalise demonstrations in Spain could change the face of citizen protest, says Juan Luis Sánchez

Egyptian court orders month-long ban on YouTube

Over the weekend, an Egyptian court approved a month-long ban on YouTube, for refusal to remove controversial anti-Islam film the Innocence of Muslims. In addition to a ban on YouTube, the same court ordered a ban on any other website hosting the film. It’s unclear when the ban is meant to go into effect — […]

Index Index – International free speech round up 01/02/13

Index Index - International free speech round up 01/02/13

Many arrested at Baku protest

Prominent journalist and activists Emin Milli and Khadija Ismayilova were among those detained in Baku today as people demonstrated in support of civic action in Ismayilli earlier this week. Protesters posted photographs and videos of clashes between police and demonstrators and there were reports that tear gas had been used on crowds and that pepper […]

Midnight police raid on disability campaigner over Facebook messages

Padraig Reidy: Police raid disability campaigners home over Facebook messages

Bahrain bans all protests

Bahrain has banned all demonstrations following clashes between police and anti-government protestors on Monday (29 October). Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifah said that the clampdown was a result of the “repeated abuses” of freedom of expression. The emergency move is the largest scale attempt to quash the Gulf kingdom’s anti-government uprising which began in February […]

Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy

The protests against controversial film "Innocence of the Muslims" follow a pattern familiar since the days of the Satanic Verses fatwa, says James Kirchick. And so do the reactions of many western liberals Response: Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Film protests about much more than religion

Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab jailed for tweets

Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) was taken into custody by Bahraini authorities today after a court sentenced him to three months in prison for allegedly defaming the citizens of the village of Muharraq on Twitter.