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Student reading lists: censorship in the arts

The arts are an incredibly popular outlet for free expression but too often they are restricted. Index on Censorship have recently published a number of law packs informing artistic organisations of their rights when having their works challenged.

Comedy is everywhere

Comedy is everywhere

From the Index on Censorship magazine archive, November 1977, banned novelist, playwright, and short story writer Milan Kundera writes on committed literature, the death of the novel, the nature of comedy, and more 

Student reading lists: comedy and censorship

Student reading lists: comedy and censorship

This reading list collates a number of articles looking at the relationship between comedy and censorship, including a recent piece by Samm Farai Monro aka Comrade Fatso

They shoot comedians

They shoot comedians

From Index on Censorship magazine January/February 2000, edited transcripts of satirical works by the late Colombian journalist and humourist Jaime Garzion

Comfort zones are killing comedy

Comfort zones are killing comedy

From the November/December 2000 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, Scott Capurro discusses how political correctness and the dumbing down of the media is killing comedy.

A round-the-world tour of censorship

A round-the-world tour of censorship

Ann Morgan’s challenge to read a book from every country in the world led her to discover a host of censored writers, including novelists from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

How to win friends and influence an election

How to win friends and influence an election

From the spring 2005 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, one of Britain's foremost comedians Rowan Atkinson opposes the government's proposed law of Incitement to Religious Hatred in a speech given to the House of Lords

The power of satirical comedy in Zimbabwe

The power of satirical comedy in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean artist and satirist Samm Farai Monro aka Comrade Fatso outlines the growing satire scene in Zimbabwe and the dangers he and fellow comedians face from government crackdowns.

Letter: Academic freedom is under threat and needs urgent protection

Letter: Academic freedom is under threat and needs urgent protection

With threats ranging from "no-platforming", to governments trying to suppress critical voices, and corporate controls on research funding, academics and writers from across the world have signed Index's open letter on why academic freedom needs urgent protection

Fear of terror and offence pushing critical voices out of UK universities

Fear of terror and offence pushing critical voices out of UK universities

From a government crackdown on extremism to marketing departments' concerns over branding, lecturer Thomas Docherty looks at the threats to the tradition of free discussion on campus

Podcast: Are religious freedom and free speech intertwined?

Podcast: Are religious freedom and free speech intertwined?

Index on Censorship magazine editor Rachael Jolley chairs a panel of assistant features editor at the Yorkshire Evening post Chris Bond, imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE and author Anthony Clavane

The rise of Zimbabwean satire: how comedy is challenging power

The rise of Zimbabwean satire: how comedy is challenging power

Comedian Samm Farai Monro, aka Comrade Fatso, looks at how Zimbabwe has turned to comedy to push boundaries and break taboos

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