May 19, 2005

Tunisia: Concern grows following clashes between lawyers and police

Many international free expression groups now believe the Tunisian government’s strategy is to isolate and intimidate its barristers and clear the way for advocates willing to toe the authorities’ repressive line. Index on Censorship was on hand to witness a tense stand-off between riot police and independent lawyers in Tunisia during the first week of May. Rohan Jayasekera reports from Tunis. (08-MAY-05)

May 19, 2005

Uzbekistan: the Internet “information explosion”

In theory the combination of state control and limited access to the net should have barred Uzbekistan’s way to latest reports about the brewing revolt in the country, increasingly available in Uzbek and Russian online. But as report Daniil Kislov and Andrei Kudriashov, partners in Index on Censorship’s 2004 Ferghana Valley projects, that would be seriously underestimating the Uzbeks´ desire for information. (19-MAY-05)

May 3, 2005

End of state of emergency promises little

About 1,500 reporters marched through Nepal´s capital Tuesday to mark World Press Freedom Day and demand an immediate end to government censorship and the release of colleagues detained since King Gyanendra seized power in February. Index on Censorship’s Rohan Jayasekera reports on fears that the supposed end of Nepal´s state of emergency will not end the repression of the country´s independent media. (03-May-05) 

April 22, 2005

Rights and wrongs of censoring the far right

British networks broadcast far-right British National Party (BNP) election propaganda ahead of the country´s 5 May elections despite the opposition of anti-fascist groups. For the BNP has qualified for the legal right to airtime for its election material, and as long as it passes technical standards and does not breach race hate or libel laws, the networks are obliged to show it. Index on Censorship’s Rohan Jayasekera reports. (26-APR-05)

April 12, 2005

Campaigners say imans’ attacks incite murder

Human rights activists were shocked to discover that imans at some of Cairo?s leading mosques  were preaching against two of their most prominent colleagues ? and that the driving force behind these organised sermons of hate appeared to be an Egyptian government ministry. Leading  human rights campaigners say imans? attacks incite murder. Index on Censorship?s  Rohan Jayasekera reports (25-MAR-05)

March 8, 2005

International Women’s Day: Internet dissidents under attack

Women who use the Internet to disseminate their ideas have found themselves caught up in some governments´ harsh attempts to control information exchange on the worldwide web. To mark this year´s Women´s Day on 8 March, English PEN is focusing on cases of women under attack for using new information technology to challenge their governments. (08-MAR-05)

March 4, 2005

Winners announced for the 2005 Index Free Expression Awards

Index on Censorship hosted its 5th annual Freedom of Expression Awards on 1 March at City H all, Central London. The free expression organisation honoured writers, filmmakers, journalists, whistleblowers and lawyers who contribute significantly to the defence of freedom of expression worldwide. This year´s winners include a campaigner against human trafficking, a film about ethnic violence in India, and an organisation defending constitutional rights. (02-MAR-05)

February 28, 2005

Sierra Leonean journalist faces new threats

Jailed Sierra Leonean journalist Paul Kamara has been moved to solitary confinement. Following reports that he has been threatened with violence by army officers, his wife has expressed fears for his life. (28-FEB-05)

February 16, 2005

Strasbourg vindicates McLibel pair

In a ground-breaking judgment delivered today, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the libel trial launched by McDonalds against two campaigners who had criticised its social and environmental practices, often referred to as the McLibel case, had been unfair and violated their right to freedom of expression. Article 19 reports. (16-FEB-05)