18.01.2017

Dressing to oppress: why dress codes and freedom clash

An Index on Censorship affiliate debate
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Sartorial censorship This discussion considers why some governments ban or enforce particular types of clothing at times when they are insecure or fearful. It looks at the the impact which such approaches have had and the ways in which people have sought to counter these attempts at censorship.
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01.11.2016

Redefining foreign correspondence

An Index on Censorship and London Press Club affiliate debate
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An endangered species? With diminishing budgets, the foreign correspondent is rapidly becoming a rare beast. Index on Censorship & the London Press Club host a series of (ex) foreign correspondents and ask what future the role has and what new models are emerging.
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15.09.2016

The state of Turkey

A London Review of Books and Index on Censorship affiliate discussion
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Inside the modern Turkish state Turkey is a state of global scale and of utmost importance for Europe and the Middle East, but what do we actually know about the Turkish state, its evolution and society? A discussion with Turkish authors and political commentators on how the modern state of Turkey came about and what its population on both sides of the main current political divides thinks. Listen to the recording!

12.09.2016

Turkey beyond the headlines

An Index on Censorship and Asia House affiliate discussion
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From inside out With Turkey seemingly never far from the headlines, Index editor Rachael Jolley talks to Kaya Genç about his new book and Turkey's social, historical and geographical dividing lines. Join us as we delve into Turkey and look to find out more about people's concerns within the country
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21.06.2016

Taboos: what’s the point?

A Free Word, Fritt Ord & Index on Censorship affiliate debate
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Do we need them or would we be better off without them? What are taboos and why do they exist? Do they actually play useful roles in our societies or do they help maintain anachronisms and harm our ability to live together in harmony? Free Word, Fritt Ord and Index on Censorship investigate in a discussion which asks "taboos: what's the point?". Watch the recording!

15.06.2016

Illiberal democracy: the future of freedom

A Free Word and Index on Censorship TTT debate
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What is Europe? While many refugees fled to Europe in 2015, seeking sanctuary within its liberal democracies, many of these same democracies today find themselves in decline, with one of their head's openly speaking of his desire to create an "illiberal state". How has this situation come about, what can we do about it and what does Europe stand for nowadays?
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14.06.2016

Does fiction have a stronger impact than journalism?

An Index on Censorship affiliate debate
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Fiction vs. journalism If folly and ignorance be the curse of mankind and all the world a stage, are plays or the press the best way to inform and and provide perspective? The Index on Censorship Big Debate at Leeds' Big Bookend Festival 2016 asks which medium has the most impact: fiction or journalism?
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27.01.2016

What’s the taboo?

An Index on Censorship affiliate debate
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What aren't we talking about? Every society has its own taboos. In some countries their discussion is legally restricted, in others merely disapproved of. From menstruation to religion, censorship and tradition affect what we are able to and what we want to discuss. Listen to Index as they break taboos and discuss the unacceptable, looking at how this varies depending on where and who we are. Listen to the recording!

04-06.06.2014

The role of literature houses in protecting the space for free expression

A Free Word affiliate debate
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Liberties in literature and expression From the 4th-6th June, an array of European literature houses came together in London. In the course of their meeting Free Word opened their doors to members of the public for debates on the role of literature houses in sustaining freedom of expression and the changing dynamic of the relationship between authors and their readers.
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