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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

Shades of McCarthyism as global academic freedom challenged

Shades of McCarthyism as global academic freedom challenged

Editor Rachael Jolley explains why the latest Index on Censorship magazine is focusing on academic freedom, with a look at current threats from around the worldwide, from Ukraine to the US

Summer magazine 2015: Is academic freedom being eroded?

Summer magazine 2015: Is academic freedom being eroded?

Packed with stories from around the world, the upcoming issue of Index on Censorship magazine has a special report on academic freedom.

1 July: Silenced on campus: are our universities safe-guarding free expression?

1 July: Silenced on campus: are our universities safe-guarding free expression?

Education, the beginning of some many roads. But if we start closing some of those avenues down, arguing that they are too dangerous or challenging, do we begin to travel in a terrifying direction?

Jodie Ginsberg: Squeezing out free speech on campus

Jodie Ginsberg: Squeezing out free speech on campus

Institutions that should be crucibles for new thinking, at the forefront of challenges to established thought and practice, are instead actively shutting down debate, and shying away from intellectual confrontation

Event recap: Whose story is it anyway?

Event recap: Whose story is it anyway?

Index on Censorship partnered a lively event at Rich Mix, London on Tuesday 21 April, along with Counterpoints Arts and Platforma Arts & Refugees Network.

Gunter Grass: The past has left its mark on what we thought was virgin territory

Gunter Grass: The past has left its mark on what we thought was virgin territory

Günter Grass, a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, died on April 13 at the age of 87.

How exiles are using social media but fear spies listening in

How exiles are using social media but fear spies listening in

Social media is being used innovatively to share news and stories by those that have fled from danger, says Jason DaPonte

Wired up: why refugees in exile remain silenced

Wired up: why refugees in exile remain silenced

People who have fled dangerous regimes now use free apps and digital connections to stay in touch with their former home, but they often worry that those networks can also be used against them, says Rachael Jolley

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