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Index is pleased to announce the opening of Free Speech Is For Me to applicants. The goal is to equip a broad new vary of people to challenge censorship, defend speech rights and champion freedom of expression for all activists.

Free speech has been important to social actions throughout history. Teams leverage their proper to free speech to challenge those that are defending the established order. But recently most of the loudest voices demanding “free speech” search to use it primarily to spread hate, main many to query it as a worth – and paving the best way for an increase in demands for censorship.

“‘Free speech’ has become a dirty word in the last few years,” stated Index on Censorship chief government Jodie Ginsberg. “Free Speech Is For Me aims to show how freedom of expression furthers democracy and individual liberty, and benefits everyone. If we allow free speech protections to be weakened, we lose our greatest tool in advocating for change.”

Free Speech Is For Me will supply twelve locations–six within the US and 6 in the UK. Selected applicants will receive one-on-one help from leading free speech specialists, in addition to media, communications and public talking training. Members will achieve a clearer understanding of the challenges of censorship and the tools to beat them, in addition to learn how to greatest advocate for and use free speech rules within their communities and advocacy areas.

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INDEX ADVOCACY

A coalition of eight media freedom and journalists’ organisations are calling on Russian authorities to right away cease the harassment of journalists who have been overlaying the current protests in Moscow.

Because the electoral authorities rejected several opposition candidates for September’s city council elections, protesters have taken to the streets of Moscow on 4 consecutive Saturdays. Russian authorities have responded with threats, violence, and detentions.

Journalists who’ve been reporting on the protests have persistently been targeted. On 27 July 2019, two journalists suffered broken noses after being struck by police, one acquired injuries to his arms and head after being hit with a police baton, a fourth was crushed in a police van after his arrest, and a fifth acquired injuries from a police assault.

Jessica Ní Mhainín, coverage analysis and advocacy officer at Index on Censorship stated “Russian authorities seem to be indifferent to the fact that, by targeting protesters and journalists with violence and detentions, they are in flagrant violation of their obligations under international human rights law. But they should bear in mind that their response will only fan the flames of these pro-democracy protests. Journalists are the defenders of our democracy – without journalists and media freedom, there is no democracy”.

Also read

  • An upcoming evaluate of the Forestall counter-extremism programme is at danger of turning into a “whitewash”
  • Teams troubled by appointment of Lord Carlile as Forestall reviewer

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MEDIA FREEDOM

Syrian photographer paperwork destruction by walking tightrope

His absolute independence is what saved him in all the years that he stayed in Raqqa, the Syrian city the place photographer Aboud Hamam was born and raised and that he refused to go away, even in the course of the years that Isis was in cost. Underneath the present rule, he finally let go of his pseudonym for years, Nur Firat. “I miss Nur Firat sometimes,” Hamam stated during a current interview in Raqqa. “He achieved a lot.”

Free speech was being suppressed in Kashmir for a very long time before the newest crisis

We report on the border area’s long-term crackdown on communications properly before the newest news blackout. Rituparna Chatterjee, talked to teachers and journalists about what it has been wish to reside there

Pakistan’s media pressured into self-censorship

In the run-up to Pakistan’s 2018 elections, interference and censorship by the army establishment dramatically increased. Journalists have confronted harassment and interference, strain on media house owners is widespread, and the government has taken to jamming the alerts and interrupting the distribution of stories it dislikes. At the similar time, the media faces a growing lack of belief from the Pakistani public, and economic pressures have contributed to what some observers are calling an inner “crisis.”

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK
22-28 September

Unbiased bookshops win competitors to launch The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Unbiased bookshops throughout the country utilized for a prize fund offered by Vintage, in partnership with Index on Censorship, to help the most important and greatest concept to rejoice publication of The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Story, revealed 10th September.

Vintage have been notably impressed by the entries from Pink Lion Books and Rogan’s Books, who will divide the £750 fund equally.

Pink Lion Books in Colchester will host a midnight launch for The Testaments on 9th September. They’re inviting clients to submit personal and nameless testaments of once they have experienced forms of prejudice. These testaments shall be learn by an actor. They’ll use the prize fund to create props, make bonnets and provide refreshments, in addition to promoting the event on social media.

Rogan’s Books, a specialist unbiased feminist and youngsters’s bookshop in Bedford, also plan a midnight launch for The Testaments on ninth September. They’re arranging a lantern-lit parade of handmaids by means of Bedford, passing landmarks such because the Embankment, the river, the wall and the eerie Citadel ruins. Just before midnight, the procession will arrive at Rogan’s Books to hanging window shows, a studying from the primary chapter and Handmaid’s Tale themed refreshments.

Banned Books Week / 22-28 Sept 2019

Banned Books Week UK is a nationwide campaign for radical readers and rebellious readers of all ages have fun the liberty to learn. Between 22 – 28 September 2019, bookshops, libraries, faculties, literary festivals and publishers will probably be hosting events and making noise about a few of the most sordid, subversive, sensational and taboo-busting books around.

Save the date
28 Sept: 1984 at 70 – How has Orwell’s vision aged?
26 Sept: Banned Ebook Club at Foyles bookshop
26 Sept: Really Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Grownup Literature
23 Sept: John Osborne’s Underneath Plain Covers
23 Sept: Walled In: Writers contemplate walls in literature and in our lives
More occasions to be added soon

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EVENTS

7 Sept / Symposium
The paradox of artistic constraints

This public occasion will mirror on the paradox of artistic constraints in modern cinema from the Center East – a day of film screenings and panel discussions with filmmakers, funders and programmers, including a number of the most progressive rising skills as well as established specialists.

The symposium will supply new insights into filmmaking from the region, revitalising debates on cinematic creativity in websites of battle and disaster in the Middle East and past.

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