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Sir Tom Stoppard: “The prisoner of conscience figure should have been consigned to history”

Sir Tom Stoppard: “The prisoner of conscience figure should have been consigned to history”

British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has highlighted the anomaly of Belarus's "way of dictatorship", with a special commendation at the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

Wilmshurst hit with fresh libel suit

Cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst is facing a fourth libel suit from medical instrument firm NMT. The case relates to the writ NMT issued on 26th Nov 2010 about Peter’s interview on the Today programme on 27 Nov 2009.

Text: Geng He accepts Index award on behalf of her husband, Gao Zhisheng

Video and award details here

Howard Jacobson speaks out for scepticism

Howard Jacobson speaks out for scepticism

The Booker prize winning novelist's keynote address at the 11th Annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

Veteran Russian journalist attacked

Reporter Sergei Topol was beaten around the head on Wednesday as he left his home in Moscow, leaving him hospitalised. Topol published a series of articles in 2008 in which he alleged that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was going to leave his wife for a 27-year-old Olympic champion gymnast. Putin

Syria: Protesters shot by security forces

Security forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Daraa on Wednesday, killing at least 25 demonstrators. While activists claimed that many more had been killed, hospital sources reported 25 bodies with bullet wounds. Security forces have come down hard on recent demonstrations, with at least 32 protesters

Winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards 2011

Winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards 2011

The 11th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards were presented tonight (24 March) at a ceremony in London hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby

Keynote speech: Howard Jacobson speaks out for scepticism

Gao Zhisheng awarded Bindmans Law and Campaigning prize

Video: The human rights lawyer's wife, Geng He, accepted the award on his behalf in a video shown at tonight's Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression awards, sponsored by SAGE

Digital Economy Act will impact free expression rights, say ISPs

Two of the UK’s largest internet service providers BT and TalkTalk challenged the legality of the Digital Economy Act 2010 in the High Court yesterday. Antony White QC, acting for the firms, claimed that the new legislation is flawed and incompatible with EU law. It would unlawfully “impact on the

Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2011

Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2011

The 11th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards honour those who, often at great personal risk, have given voice to issues and stories from around the globe

Apple removes ‘gay cure’ app following petition

Apple appears to have removed an application designed to provide “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus”, following widespread condemnation and a petition signed by over 149,000 people. Apple, which has strict regulation of products available in its store, had marked the app with a “4+” rating, indicating that

Route to revolution

Route to revolution

On the eve of Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression awards -- sponsored by SAGE -- Ashraf Khalil reports on digital activism in Egypt in the new issue of the magazine