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Pre-vetting broadcast content? That’s what dictatorships do, not democracies

Pre-vetting broadcast content? That’s what dictatorships do, not democracies

The idea that the government should have a role in assessing content before it is broadcast should set alarm bells ringing, writes Jodie Ginsberg

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.

Padraig Reidy: Why did the government panic over a few letters on farming?

Padraig Reidy: Why did the government panic over a few letters on farming?

With the publication of Prince Charles' "black spider" letters, ministers fear they will lose control of the freedom of information process

6 May: Silencing the people: Freedom of expression in a global society

6 May: Silencing the people: Freedom of expression in a global society

The Point of No Return, a new play based upon the last four days of Ukraine’s Maidan protests. From personally recorded real-life stories, extensive research and a journey to the heart of Ukraine, this story is based upon the revolution in Kiev in January-February 2014. The performance on 6 May will

Index responds to Theresa May comments

Index responds to Theresa May comments

Theresa May's comments on the Andrew Marr Show have lead to a round of speculation around the actions that the Home Secretary will take in the wake of Woolwich, especially in regard to the shelved Communications Data Bill.

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

Justice is better served by openness and transparency, writes Padraig Reidy

Leveson debate must be brought back from brink

Leveson debate must be brought back from brink

Basic principles are at stake as confusion reigns ahead of Monday's vote, says Index chief executive Kirsty Hughes

Index on Censorship’s response to the Leveson report

Index on Censorship’s response to the Leveson report

The Leveson Report will become a benchmark for press regulation in modern democracies. Index has urged a serious, considered debate about Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations rather than their full adoption. The free speech organisation opposes the statutory underpinning of press regulation as proposed by Lord Justice Leveson.

Leveson: The way ahead for a free press in the UK

A tough but voluntary regulator is the best way to ensure a free press and a fair society, Index says in a new policy note Plus: Why Leveson's recommendations are more worrying than you think

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

Guidelines issued today on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media sites could boost free speech Plus: Read the guidelines here Index Press Release: Social media guidelines recognise there is no right not to be offended

Social media and free speech

The most senior prosecutor in England has issued guidelines on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media networks

“Porn filters” fail parents and children

“Porn filters” fail parents and children

Index welcomes the government’s rejection of a proposal for mandatory blocking of “internet filth”

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