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Banned Books Week 2021: Poetry in Protest

Marking Banned Books Week 2021, Index on Censorship and the British Library present a conversation with poets at the frontlines of protest movements fighting for the right to speak freely and without fear of persecution.  Poetry is frequently used as…

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Trustees’ Award 2021

Arif Ahmed is a free speech activist and a fellow of Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge. In March 2020, Ahmed proposed alterations to the Statement of Free Speech at Cambridge. The proposed amendments were created to…

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Journalism 2021

Samira Sabou is a Nigerien journalist, blogger and president of the Niger Bloggers for Active Citizenship Association (ABCA). In June 2020, Sabou was arrested and charged with defamation under the 2019 cybercrime law in connection with a Facebook post highlighting…

Call for Afghan actors, writers and film-makers to be given safe passage

Afghan performers: Credit: UNESCO/Michel Ravassard More than 80 leading lights from the worlds of film and theatre have signed an open letter to The Times calling on the British government to give artists, writers and film-makers who remain in Afghanistan…

Sharing the stories that need to be told

Arts award-winning artist Zehra Dogan with Perla Hinojosa of Index on Censorship (Photo: Elina Kansikas for Index on Censorship) Afghanistan. Hong Kong. Belarus. Every day we’ve learned of a new atrocity. A new act of repression. A new effort to…

Secret agenda

Former employee of Britain’s global surveillance centre GCHQ Katherine Gun smiles as she leaves the Old Bailey in London, 25 February 2004. Photo: Reuters/David Bebber BEB/ASA/AA It is now more than 20 years since The Guardian and The Observer fought…