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Index on Censorship 2/2014
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Brick by brick - Freedom 25 years after the fall

Index on Censorship

Rachael Jolley
Europe's past is being rewritten, says Rachael Jolley
Konstanty Gebert
Going overground
Konstanty Gebert on Poland's underground media
Tymoteusz Chajdas, Milana Knezevic, Ivett Korosi, Victoria Pavlova
Generation Wall
Under 25 year olds speak out on Europe now and then
Matthias Biskupek
Enemies of the people
Matthias Biskupek on book censorship in East Germany
Jiri Pehe
Judging Prague's democratic difficulties
Jiri Pehe explores the quality of Czech democracy
Martin Rowson
Stripsearch cartoon
Martin Rowson conveys swapping communism for capitalism
Thomas Rothschild
The new divide
Thomas Rothschild believes the world didn't get better after the fall
Irena Maryniak
The other wall
Irena Maryniak on why Europe's dividing line shifted
Regula Venske
Mystery of regional identity
Regula Venske looks at how crime fiction shaped Germany
Helen Womack
Empire line
Helen Womack on Russia's retreating ideology
Jodie Ginsberg
Global view
Index's new CEO Jodie Ginsberg on fighting censorship on and offline

In Focus

Kate Maltby
Bordering isolation
Kate Maltby explores attitudes to minorities in Turkey
Haroon Ullah
Pakistan at a crossroads
Haroon Ullah looks the power of landlords and their influence on voting
Roger Highfield
Spying on the censors
Roger Highfield on how metadata could expose regimes
Jess McCabe, Erick Kabendera
Going in deep
The risks facing Tanzania's journalists, by Jess McCabe and Erick Kabendera
Susanne Metz
Open books
Susanne Metz on the vital role of libraries in exchanging ideas
Dominique Mondoloni
Legal divisions
Dominique Mondoloni compares French and English libel laws
Natasha Joseph, Ben Turok
Cape crusader
Natasha Joseph interviews retiring South African politician Ben Turok
Vicky Baker
Syria's inside track
Vicky Baker looks at crowdsourcing news in conflict
Vicky Baker
Mapped out
Guyana's indigenous mapmakers, by Vicky Baker
Kaya Genç
When one door closes
Kaya Genç looks at whether Turkey should turns east or west
Ed Fuentes
LA story
Ed Fuentes on lifting the graffiti ban in Los Angeles
Tarashea Nesbit
Secrets and lives
Tarashea Nesbit tells the story of the wives at Los Alamos
Nicole Mezzasalma
Marching on
Nicole Mezzasalma looks at Brazil's unprecedented protests
Saurav Datta
History revision
Saurav Datta on why India's colonial laws haven't changed
Rachael Jolley, Jim Al-Khalili
Brain unboxed
Rachael Jolley interviews scientist Jim Al-Khalili
Jason Daponte
Future imperfect
Jason Daponte explores online copying, control and protection
Jemimah Steinfeld
Degree of inequality
Jemimah Steinfeld reveals how China's education system discriminates against women
Richard Sambrook, Bruno Torturra
Head to head
Richard Sambrook and Bruno Torturra debate whether big or small media have the control
Adrian Bono
On the ground in Argentina
Adrian Bono on the president's love of one-way communication
Sybil Jones
On the ground in South Korea
Sybil Jones shares first-hand knowledge and looks at how news slips out


Janet Suzman
Stage directions in South Africa
Actor and director Janet Suzman on post-apartheid theatre
Christie Watson
Big men, big decisions
Christie Watson's new short story, based in Nigeria
Robert Chandler, Lev Ozerov
"The exiled poet, free once more"
Robert Chandler translates Lev Ozerov's poetry
Kaya Genç
Ghost of turkey's past
Kaya Genç's exclusive short story on Turkish feminist Halide Edip Adivar
Alice Kirkland
Index around the world
Alice Kirkland's update on news from Index's global work
Taylor Walker
Campus clampdown
Taylor Walker looks at free speech zones at US universities


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Russia in global dialogue
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Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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The role of literature houses in protecting the space for free expression
This summer, Time to Talk partner Free Word, London hosted a debate on the role that literature houses play in preserving freedom of expression both in Europe and globally. Should everyone get a place on the podium? Also those representing the political extremes? [more]

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Britain flouts the European Court of Justice
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Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance
The case of Edward Snowden
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Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon
Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And "minority" languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world. [more]

Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz
Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz
The recent publication of the private diary of Witold Gombrowicz provides unparalleled insight into the life of one of Poland's great twentieth-century novelists and dramatists. But this is not literature. Instead: here he is, completely naked. [more]

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The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
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The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
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