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Index on Censorship 3/2015
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Spies, secrets and lies

Index on Censorship

Rachael Jolley

Special Report

Spies, secrets and lies: how yesterday's and today's censors compare
Jemimah Steinfeld
New dog, old tricks
Chinese censorship has moved on, leaving citizens battling to evade loopholes before they close
Nancy Martínez-Villarreal, Robert Mccrum, Kim Joon Young
Smugglers' tales
How lipstick, bananas and cigarette packets were used as decoys for sharing forbidden information
Martin Rowson
Stripsearch cartoon
A challenge from Chairman Miaow
Andrew Graham-Yooll
From murder to bureaucratic mayhem
After Argentina's dictatorship, what happened next for the country's journalists
Raymond Joseph
Words of warning
Press freedom in South Africa, during and after apartheid
Steven Borowiec
South Korea's smartphone spies
New law embeds surveillance tool on teenagers' phones
Andrei Aliaksandrau
"We lost journalism in Russia"
The evolution of censorship since Soviet times. Plus Helen Womack on the abrubt end to her Moscow reporting
Suhrith Parthasarathy
Indian films on the cutting-room floor
A censored director sheds light on the film board's likes and dislikes over the decades
Hadi Khorsandi
The books that nobody reads
An exiled Iranian satirist on why it is harder than ever for writers in his homeland to understand their boundaries. Plus Danial Haghighi on the latest generation's worries
Judith Shapiro
Lessons from McCarthyism
Looking back at McCarthyite accusations, as well as free speech threats in the USA today
Brianna Wu
Impact of online threats on women including private details being exposed and "swatting". Plus Greg Lukianoff on balancing offence and free speech
Robert Hutton
Glossing over the bad news
A glossary of verbal political props from today's Newspeak
Milana Knezevic
Reporting rights?
A look at threats to journalism in the former Yugoslavia since the Balkans wars
Mamadali Makhmudov
My life on the blacklist
Having served 14 years in jail on bogus charges, an Uzbek writer tells how his work is still suppressed
Jodie Ginsberg
Global view
Why libraries are vital for communities, and why censorship should be left at the door

In focus

Vicky Baker
Battle of the bans
US author Judy Blume interviewed about trigger warnings, book bannings and children’s literature today
Ted Rall
Drawing down
Why US cartoonists are being forced to play it safe
Jamie Bartlett
Under the radar
How people keep security agencies in check
Mark Frary
Debunking technological secrets to protect your privacy from corporations and censors
Matthew Auer and King-Wa Fu
Clearing the air: investigating Weibo censorship in China
New research to show censorship of microbloggers who spoke out about pollution documentary
Natasha Joseph
NGOs: under fire, under surveillance
South Africa’s civil rights organisations fear for future
Alan Leo
"Some words are more powerful than guns"
Interview with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp
Jason Daponte
Taking back the web
A look at technology companies putting free speech first


Kaya Genc
New world (dis)order
Short story about words disappearing from the Turkish language, featuring illustrations by Molly Crabapple
Miraci Deretti
Send in the clowns
A darkly comic play lost during Brazil’s dictatorship
Lev Ozerov
Poetic portraits
Russian poem translated by Robert Chandler and introduced by Marina Boroditskaya
Max Goldbart
Index around the world
A round-up of Index’s work and events
Vicky Baker
A matter of facts
The rise of factchecking organisations working to combat misinformation and propaganda


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The politics of privacy
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

Russia in global dialogue
In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

Ukraine in focus
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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On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
Victor Tsilonis
Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As a new wave of populism feeds on and promotes fears of migration, aggrandising itself through the distrust it sows, The Red House hosts a timely debate with a view to untangling the key issues. [more]

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Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. Prior to Ukraine's presidential elections in May 2014, Timothy Snyder argued cogently as to why Ukraine has no future without Europe; and why Europe too has no future without Ukraine. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach
To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgård on creating literature. [more]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe
Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

Debate series     click for more

Europe talks to Europe
Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

Conferences     click for more

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

Multimedia     click for more
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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