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. Listen to the recording!
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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. Listen to the recording!
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!
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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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!
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? Watch the video highlights!
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? Listen to the recording!
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!
Still room for debate? Index on Censorship take a look at the state of academic freedom around the world, analysing an array of threats to students' freedom of expression in the form of no platform policies, trigger warnings, legislation on campus extremism and old fashioned political pressure to toe the official line. Listen to the recording!
Too easily offended? At 2015's Big Bookend Festival, Index on Censorship looked at the relationship between free speech and religious freedom, asking how entwined the two are and whether there can be such a thing as too much sensitivity in civil societal relationships. Listen to the recording!
For better or worse? What is the future of journalism and will it improve or worsen the information we receive? On the 22nd October, Rachel Briggs, Amie Ferris-Rotman, Raymond Joseph and Richard Sambrook came together at London's renowned Frontline Club to take a closer look at the future of reporting might look like. Watch the video highlights!
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. Listen to the recordings!