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Ravian Ruys: Without trust, free speech suffers

Ravian Ruys: Without trust, free speech suffers

Index on Censorship youth advisory board member Ravian Ruys explores the impact of eroding public trust is having on free expression in The Netherlands

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

New extremism laws would stifle free speech

The UK Home Secretary's preview of a proposed new counter-extremism bill raises the stakes for freedom of expression in the United Kingdom. Index on Censorship is disturbed by the potential impact on free speech embedded in the proposals.

#IndexDrawtheLine: Religious extremism is one of the greatest challenges facing society

#IndexDrawtheLine: Religious extremism is one of the greatest challenges facing society

“We want to laugh at the extremists – every extremist. They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept,” Laurent Léger, a journalist at Charlie Hebdo–a satirical magazine where an extremist attack killed 12 people on Wednesday—told BFM-TV in 2012.  Some

#IndexDrawtheLine: How can we balance religious freedom and religious extremism?

#IndexDrawtheLine: How can we balance religious freedom and religious extremism?

Religious freedom and religious radicalism which leads to extremism has become an increasingly difficult balancing act in the digital age where presenting religious superiority through fear and “terror” is possible both locally and internationally at internet speeds. The ongoing series of beheading videos released by the Islamic State and the showcase of kidnapped

Driving debate underground is not the answer to extremism

British Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed new laws that would ban extremists from TV and impose stricter controls on what can be said on the internet, in a speech at the annual Conservative Party conference. Index on Censorship is disturbed at these plans and their potential for stifling legitimate

Filtering in the UK: The hinterland of legality, where secrecy trumps court rulings

Filtering in the UK: The hinterland of legality, where secrecy trumps court rulings

A slip during an interview revealed the sneaking suspicion of free thinkers. The UK government was no longer restricting itself to censoring web content which was illegal. It was going to start censoring content which it simply didn't like, Ian Dunt writes

Could “snooper’s charter” stop terror attacks?

Could “snooper’s charter” stop terror attacks?

Some UK politicians have said the murder of a soldier in Woolwich, London this week demonstrates the need for greater surveillance of communications data. But would a "snooper's charter" really have made a difference? Index asked Emma Carr of Big Brother Watch and Jamie Bartlett of Demos for their views

What Russia censored in March

In March the Russian authorities turned their attentions to online social networks — and the Kremlin proved adept at getting major international companies to comply with its directives: on 15 March Twitter blocked an account that promoted drugs and on 29 March Facebook took down a page called “Suicide School”

What Russia censored in January

January saw a dramatic escalation of internet filtering in Russia. The League for Internet Safety, an organisation backed by the Kremlin, launched an experiment in the Kostroma region in central Russia in which 29 local internet service providers signed new contracts with users, giving them access only to a sanitised internet

Russia: British artists investigated for extremism and blasphemy

An exhibition by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman is being investigated by St Petersburg prosecutors after visitors complained that it was “blasphemous” and “extremist”. The exhibition, at the world-famous Hermitage museum, features a crucified Ronald McDonald as well as the duo’s trademark Nazi figurines. The museum’s director Mikhail Piotrovsky

Russia: Court censors LiveJournal

Russia: Court censors LiveJournal

A court in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, has blocked [Ru] popular blogging platform LiveJournal after one page was accused of publishing “extremist” material. The ban, which will affect an estimated 60,000 Livejournal account holders in the region, and their readers, has been opposed by internet service providers and Roskomnadzor, the federal

Russia: “Truth about Russians” video deemed extremist

A video posted online titled “All the Truth about Russians,” was ruled extremist by a Novosibirsk court on Monday. The video, posted on social networking sites by a man from the town of Berdsk who faces extremism charges in the case, has been removed and banned because it shows Russians in a

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