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Yuri Dmitriev: the historian being silenced by Putin

Russian historian Yuri Dmitriev, who has been imprisoned following research into murders committed by Stalin. Credit: Mediafond/Wikimedia Western democracies have expressed concern and outrage, at least verbally, over the Novichok poisoning of Alexei Navalny—and this is clearly right and necessary….

“Nelson’s legacy isn’t the issue, the culture war is”

Nelson’s Column, photo: Steve Bidmead/Pixabay I love journalism. I am addicted to the news and honestly anything that isn’t about the appalling pandemic we are currently living through is usually welcome. But, and it’s a big but, there are some…

The crisis in Kashmir: an Index reading list

The Indian government’s revocation of autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir has been a disaster for free speech. In October 2019, Narendra Modi’s government rescinded article 370 of the Indian constitution which had given the region special autonomous status since 1954. …

We need to end the abuse around discussions of feminism and trans rights

Free speech is difficult. It should be difficult. After all it protects our right to say things contrary to popular opinion. It protects the minority view. It facilitates debate. It provides the legal framework for protest. It allows people to…

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New ‘online harm’ legislation is a threat to free speech (Independent)

Index on Censorship CEO Ruth Smeeth has voiced her concerns regarding the proposed Online Harms Bill. Smeeth wrote in The Independent that the legislation, though well intentioned, would risk campaigning for ‘cultural change’ and thus have a further impact on…

“Who is going to try to seize power?” Caroline Eden talks to Index from Kyrgyzstan

Index on Censorship · Dispatch from Kyrgyzstan   Kyrgyzstan has been plunged into chaos this week after parliamentary election results on Monday led to wide-scale protests throughout the country, which have seen the prime minister resign as a result. Protests…