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Syria: Index condemns murder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently journalist

Syria: Index condemns murder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently journalist

Index on Censorship strongly condemns the murder of Ahmed Mohamed al-Mousa, a member of the news website and campaigning organisation Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS)

#Index100: Unveiling this year’s 100 global free speech heroes

#Index100: Unveiling this year’s 100 global free speech heroes

A graffiti artist who paints murals in war-torn Yemen, a jailed Bahraini academic and the Ethiopia’s Zone 9 bloggers are among those listed among this year’s #Index100 global free expression heroes.

Syria: Fears for life of free expression advocate Bassel Khartabil

Syria: Fears for life of free expression advocate Bassel Khartabil

Bassel Khartabil, a defender of freedom expression being held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance, may be facing a death sentence

Syria: No word on Bassel Khartabil’s whereabouts

Syria: No word on Bassel Khartabil’s whereabouts

Unconfirmed reports are circulating that Khartabil has been secretly sentenced to death by the Syrian government. We ask the Syrian authorities to reveal Khartabil’s whereabouts and release him immediately and unconditionally.

#IndexAwards2015: Digital activism nominee Syria Tracker

#IndexAwards2015: Digital activism nominee Syria Tracker

Syria Tracker is a crisis mapping platform which collates and exhibits live data on human rights abuses and other welfare issues brought about by the Syrian conflict.

Naming and shaming: 8 countries egregiously violating religious freedom

Naming and shaming: 8 countries egregiously violating religious freedom

The U.S. State Department names and shames eight “Countries of Particular Concern” that severely violate religious freedom rights within their borders. Now an independent watchdog is naming and shaming the State Department, saying its list should be doubled. Brian Pellot reports

Why US sanctions are a blow to free expression

Why US sanctions are a blow to free expression

If you live in Cuba, Iran or Sudan, and are using the increasingly popular online education tool Coursera, you are likely encounter some access difficulties from this week onwards. Coursera has been included in the US export sanctions regime. Milana Knezevic writes

Three years after Arab Spring officials thwart digital dissent

Three years after Arab Spring officials thwart digital dissent

The “social media revolutions” once had tyrants fearing their imminent demise. Now Twitter users from Marrakech to Manama know — call for political reforms, joke about a sensitive topic, or expose government abuse and you could end up in jail. Adrian Shahbaz reports

Paul Conroy: “War journalists must avoid being used as propaganda”

Paul Conroy: “War journalists must avoid being used as propaganda”

The acclaimed war photographer spoke at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about the changing impact of journalism in conflict. Rachael Jolley reports

#withoutwords provides safe space for Syrian artists

#withoutwords provides safe space for Syrian artists

A new London exhibition displays fine arts and visual installations from Syrian artists influenced by the conflict engulfing their country, Melody Patry writes

When polls go wrong: Al Jazeera Arabic edition

When polls go wrong: Al Jazeera Arabic edition

Al Jazeera Arabic has posted an eyebrow-raising poll on their website, where they ask who has turned Syria’s revolution into a sectarian conflict. Voters can choose from two options: “Shia” and “Sunni.” Really? Special thanks to @Falasteeni for the link

Birthday wishes for Bassel Khartabil

Birthday wishes for Bassel Khartabil

Software engineer and open-source advocate Bassel Khartabil spent his second birthday in prison yesterday. Index calls on the Syrian government to release Khartabil.
Bassel’s second birthday in prison

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