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INDEX On CENSORSHIP celebrates 40 years with 40 days of FREE ACCESS

London, UK (March 27, 2012) – SAGE celebrates Index on Censorship's 40th anniversary with free access to the magazine's historic archive for 40 days, from 26 March until 4 May. After that date, the archive from 1972-2010 will remain free for the rest of the year

Index's award-winning magazine was the first to publish much of Solzhenitsyn in English; the first to publish essays and plays in English by Václav Havel; the first to publish Ariel Dorfman's celebrated play Death and the Maiden before it had even been performed. Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Nadine Gordimer, Tom Stoppard, John Updike and Margaret Atwood are just some of the illustrious names who have written for the magazine or supported its cause – the protection of freedom of expression in all its forms. Their commitment over the past 40 years is moving to witness, as is the courage of the less well-known dissidents and advocates who write for the magazine, many of whom have suffered, and continue to suffer, for daring to speak out.

Index has had an illustrious 40 years, bearing witness to all types of censorship as the voice of free expression.

"I've spent the last six months reading through Index on Censorship's archive in preparation for the 40th anniversary," says Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship. "Although I've always known that it's a unique literary heritage, a roll-call of the greatest authors in the 20th century canon, it has nevertheless been a revelation. Whether in a dictatorship or democracy, if freedom of expression is at risk, Index will cover the story. I hope readers enjoy the journey as much as I have."

"We at SAGE believe, through spreading the ideas of tens of thousands of authors and hundreds of society partners, and enabling their myriad voices to be heard, we can help to create healthy minds and healthy cultures," says Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. "And as a privately-held company, owned by our founder Sara Miller McCune, we are able to focus on this long-term mission. We are particularly proud to be publishers of Index on Censorship's award-winning magazine."

Index's 40th anniversary issue is published on 26 March, with Aung San Suu Kyi, Ariel Dorfman, Flemming Rose and Maziar Bahari


SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.

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