Index on Censorship

Media freedom is at the heart of any democracy. A freedom to report different sides of the same story. And a freedom to criticise government policies. Turkey increasingly feels like it is steadily sliding towards secrecy. EU leaders must put media freedom on any negotiating table, and not abandon the right of Turkish people to be free to know what is happening in their country.
The cancelling of Timbuktu's music festival this weekend is significant. In the past couple of weeks I've been getting emails about music making a return - something Mali has been desperately waiting for. I heard through my friend and colleague Andy Morgan that Manny Ansar, the director of The Festival in the Desert, possibly the most remote and awesome of all the festivals, seemed hopeful of bringing it back to Mali.
When you go up against the big guns of any state, you know they will throw everything at you. Even when they tell you that you have won, you shouldn't believe a word they say. Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has learned this hard lesson in the last few days.
"I am deeply concerned about moving to a position where people self-censor because the mob have decided that what they say
If people are afraid to upload information, share knowledge and tell others what is really happening because they worry that as they do so their presence and their words are being tracked, then we will know less in future. We know less because fear will hold people back.
For those over the years who say they support freedom of expression but with opt outs, or who have argued that freedom of expression doesn't extend to articles, photographs or cartoons which offend them, it should be made clear that freedom of expression gives everyone the chance to debate opinions, and that right is vital.
Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and his deputy editor Francis Wheen have quit the campaign group Index on Censorship in protest
For Shu Choudary, journalism should be like oxygen: vital, always available and owned by no one. "No one owns the air, not
The BNP is much harder to censor, or deny a platform, with the growth of online forums For Nick Lowles, head of Hope Not