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“My brother is dying in silence”

“My brother is dying in silence”

One year on from the crackdown on the opposition in Belarus, Irina Bogdanova, sister of political prisoner Andrei Sannikov, calls for international action against Europe's last dictatorship

UK: Virgin Media programme guide censors Hitchc**k and D***ens

Virgin Media’s electronic programme guide took offence at a range of inoffensive words at the weekend. Alfred Hitchcock became Alfred Hitchc**k, as Jarvis C**ker was subject to the same treatment. A**enal and Charles D**kens were also deemed too offensive for viewers. A Virgin Media spokesperson told the Guardian: “Over the weekend a

Malawi: Police arrest playwright over sensitive play

A playwright has been arrested whilst performing a play which was deemed critical of the government in Malawi. Thlupego Chisiza was arrested on Sunday after armed police stormed the Lions Theater  in Blantyre, where he was performing the play SEMO. The play, which was co-written by student activist Robert Chasowa, who

Jerusalem: Advertising firm refuses to run ads showing women on buses

An advertising company in Jerusalem has refused to carry ads campaigning for women’s equality on their buses. Cnaan Advertising, the company responsible for adverts on buses rejected the advert campaign as they believe the buses will be vandalised by orthodox extremists . Cnaan Advertising demanded a financial guarantee of almost

Somalia: Journalist killed by man in soldier uniform

A Somali journalist was shot dead by a man wearing a government soldier’s uniform on Sunday in Mogadishu. Abdisalan Sheikh Hasan from Horn Cable TV channel was shot after a government soldier in uniform with an AK47 ordered Hasan and his colleague Zakariye Abdulahi  to stop their car. Abdulahi said that without any further questions,

Pyongyang unwrapped

Pyongyang unwrapped

Technology has revolutionised reporting on North Korea. David McNeill reveals how a clandestine network is getting the word out despite restrictions

China: News blackout on Wukan revolt

News reports of an uprising that began several days ago in Wukan have been blocked by the Chinese government. Coverage of the protests, which began following the death of a local villager Xue Jinbo, and political interference in local elections, has not been covered by any Chinese language media. Wukan residents dispute

Syria: Detained blogger Razan released

Detained Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi was released on bail yesterday. Razan was arrested at the at the Syrian border with Jordan on December 5, and was released by authorities after spending 15 days in prison. The blogger’s sister, Nadine, tweeted the details of her freedom: “It’s raining Razans… hallelujah :)))))))) <3 It’s official,

Goodbye Havel

Goodbye Havel

As the Czech Republic and the wider world bids Václav Havel goodbye, Pavel Theiner, whose father George worked tirelessly to shine a light on the work of Czech dissidents throughout his editorship at Index on Censorship, looks back on a remarkable man

Vaclav Havel: “We became dissidents without actually knowing how”

Vaclav Havel: “We became dissidents without actually knowing how”

In 1979, Vaclav Havel wrote to fellow Czech dissident Ludvik Vaculik, responding to his comments about the role of ordinary people in combatting authoritarianism. Havel was arrested shortly after it was published in Index on Censorship

An artists’ manifesto for Belarus

In one of his last public acts, dissident, playwright and president Václav Havel signed this statement calling for free speech in Belarus, along with Ai Weiwei, Sir Tom Stoppard and many more

Václav Havel dies: How Samuel Beckett and Havel changed history

Václav Havel dies: How Samuel Beckett and Havel changed history

Václav Havel, dissident, playwright, first president of the Czech Republic, and author of Charter 77 died today. Samuel Beckett wrote a play for Václav Havel when he was in jail. On being freed, Havel returned the favour. Jo Glanville reflects on a great dramatic double-act Plus: Read Havel from Index on