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Examining how religious and cultural beliefs can create challenges for free speech which can lead to direct or self censorship. These challenges include responding to hate speech and intimidation as well as defending comments or artistic work that cause offence.
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Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Cartoonists have been among the most visual in their reaction to the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Musa Kart and Xavier Bonilla, who have both been targeted by their governments, share their thoughts.

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Meltem Arikan: Colours Dripping Red

Meltem Arikan: Colours Dripping Red

Playwright and poet Meltem Arikan contributes a new poem reflecting on the Charlie Hebdo attack. How can thoughts be free?
Nadhim Zahawi MP: It’s time for the Islamic world to support free speech – and repeal blasphemy laws

Nadhim Zahawi MP: It’s time for the Islamic world to support free speech – and repeal blasphemy laws

You can’t kill an idea by killing people. The sickening attack on Charlie Hebdo has shown that to be true. As France mourns her dead, millions around the world are discovering the work of her bravest satirists. Nous sommes Charlie.
Padraig Reidy: Laugh? I nearly died. Of hunger

Padraig Reidy: Laugh? I nearly died. Of hunger

Those who have raised their voice attempting to prevent the development of a comedy show script based on the Irish famine are simply parading their ignorance
Şanar Yurdatapan: “The censorship and oppression on culture and arts is still going on”

Şanar Yurdatapan: “The censorship and oppression on culture and arts is still going on”

Winner of the 2002 Index award for Circumvention of Censorship, Şanar Yurdatapan talks to Index about artistic censorship