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Index on Censorship


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Index on Censorship magazine is awarded the German PEN 2013 Hermann Kesten Prize

Watch the video of the latest magazine launch event with Sarah Brown speaking out on suppressed voices

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December 2013: Mission creep — defending religious tolerance and free speech
The issue's special report looks at religion and freedom of expression as well as religious offence. When is the right to religious freedom suppressed or censored? Where do we draw the line between offence and faith and how should society respond? We'll look at persecution of religions around the world, including the Bishop of Bradford Nicholas Baines's account of Christians in Sudan, analysis of China's Uighur Muslim minority community; Islamist challenges to free speech in Turkey; Felix Corley on Uzbekistan, where owning religious texts can get you into trouble; the new law on offence to religious feelings introduced in
Russia in July 2013; and clashes between church and state in South Africa.

The issue also looks at religious offence and art with Martin Rowson, Samira Ahmed and an interview with playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Behzti affair. The issue also publishes, for the first time in English, an extract from Lebanese playwright Lucien Borjely's banned play.

September 2013: Not Heard? Ignored, abused, and suppressed: why millions of us have lost our power
This issue’s special report looks at development and the access of minority voices to free expression, and why their rights need to be defended, whether it’s the rural poor, women in Egypt or LGBT communities. What obstacles and discrimination do these groups face? We examine how and if they are able to communicate their ideas, views and the needs of their community.

Authors include:

· Philip Pullman
· Peter Kellner
· Amartya Sen
· Shubhranshu Choudhary
· Nic Dawes

The magazine’s “In Focus” section will look at free expression among Afghan women as foreign military forces prepare to depart; press freedom in Honduras and Colombia; and powerful photography from Azerbaijan.

June 2013: The Multipolar Challenge to Free Expression
December 2012: Digital frontiers
September 2012: Censors on Campus
June 2012: Sport on Trial
March 2012: 40 years of Index on Censorship
December 2011: Dark Matter: What's science got to hide?
September 2011: The Art Issue
June 2011: Privacy is dead! Long live privacy
March 2011:
The Net Effect: the limits of digital freedom

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Index on Censorship is an award-winning magazine, devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International in outlook, outspoken in comment, Index on Censorship reports on free expression violations around the world, publishes banned writing and shines a light on vital free expression issues through original, challenging and intelligent commentary and analysis, publishing some of the world's finest writers.

Index on Censorship was first published in 1972 in response to show trials in Moscow. The idea behind the magazine was to make public the circumstances of those who are silenced in their own countries, wherever that may be, and to publish their work. Since the end of communism, and with an increasingly fragmented world, new and troubling questions have surfaced, some of them challenging the primacy of free expression itself: religious extremism; relative values and cultural difference; the rise of nationalism; the rewriting of history; hate speech; obscenity; freedom on the Internet.

We welcome contributions from anyone concerned with issues of free speech. Our articles range widely from essays to opinion pieces, from oral testimony to fiction and poetry. Index on Censorship is a magazine of record, but we also publish articles intended to promote debate. The views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of the editors, the publisher, or the advisory committee.

Other Activities is the place to turn for free expression news and comment from around the world, providing breaking news, lively debate and in-depth analysis from our team of international contributors.

Our international and UK-based events and projects put our causes into action.

Our international projects bridge the gap between the monitoring of abuse and effective advocacy for change through facilitation, research, publication, advocacy and new commissioned works. Index:

  • provides practical support for project development, fundraising, publication, advocacy and local capacity building.
  • analyses how and why free speech is filtered and mediated.
  • studies the censorship of creative communities that challenge dissent.
  • coordinates activities with international local partners to inform advocacy campaigns.
  • works internationally to support the creation of new work.

Index on Censorship is closely associated with the charitable work of Writers and Scholars Educational Trust (Charity Reg. 325003).

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


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