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Choose your moment: the inspirational Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, image: DonkeyHotey Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not set out to be an advocate for gender equality. Coming of age during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s, when freedom of speech and freedom of association were subject to…

Heavy fines on social networks for not tackling online abuse may have unintended consequences

Heavy fines for social media companies who fail to act on online abuse and hate speech will have a negative effect on online expression, according to Index on Censorship CEO Ruth Smeeth. Smeeth was taking part in a discussion on…

Academic freedom in Hong Kong: “It’s a storm and no one wants to go outside, even with an umbrella”

Academic censorship in Hong Kong image: Vawongsir A 12-year-old girl tackled by police and pinned to the ground, a media tycoon in handcuffs, dozens of activists in court – these have become the familiar images from Hong Kong since the…

“I am free to practise my religion: others, like the Uighurs, are not”

This weekend marks the Jewish New Year, the beginning of the year 5781. I will be spending the weekend with my family, keeping to the Rule of Six of course, eating honey cake, celebrating the fact that even in the…

Editor’s letter: All hail those who speak out

The brave stand up when others are afraid to do so. Let’s remember how hard that is to do, says Rachael Jolley in the autumn 2020 issue of Index on Censorship magazine. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a dissenting voice. Throughout…

What a SCOTUS vacancy means for Obamacare

Mourners gather at the Supreme Court after news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Her passing has serious implications for the upcoming case on Obamacare. | Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images Is Obamacare doomed without Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite….