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)

February 10, 2005

Iraq’s elections: the world’s most dangerous assignment

Amid threats to personal safety, accusations of disloyalty, and mixed messages from the US authorities, Iraqi journalists and media workers reported widely on the 30 January election.  How did they manage? Index on Censorship´s Rohan Jayasekera reports. (10-FEB-05)

January 24, 2005

British legislation threatens free speech

English PEN has launched a campaign to stop the British Government introducing legislation that could make it illegal to express provocative views on people’s religion. (24-JAN-05)

January 17, 2005

Banned author speaks out

British playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti has broken her silence to speak about the violent protests against her play Behzti, which caused outrage for its depiction of rape and murder in a Sikh temple. Index on Censorship reports (17-JAN-05)

December 14, 2004

The torturers will always be with us. But now their evils are legitimised

The so-called War on Terror has started a debate in the US over whether torture should be practiced as a matter of national policy, writes Michael Foley for Index on Censorship. (14-DEC-04)

November 29, 2004

Covering Ukraine’s elections: confronting censorship, bias and intimidation

Freedom of expression suffered considerably in Ukraine during the recent rounds of presidential elections on 31 October and 21 November. Article 19 reports (25-NOV-04)

November 19, 2004

Leyla Zana receives Sakharov prize

On 14 October, after waiting nearly 10 years, Leyla Zana was able to personally collect the 1995 European Parliament´s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. (19-NOV-04)