Index On Censorship

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Index on Censorship defends peoples freedom to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution.


  • The Big Noise

    The Big Noise

    03/01/2020 Duração: 19min

    In the winter 2019 podcast, The Big Noise, we focus on the tactics male macho leaders around the world use to quash criticism, debate and therefore freedom of expression. Orna Herr and Jemimah Steinfeld discuss the latest edition of the magazine, revealing their highlights of the issue and concerns over the collision between social media apps and world leaders trying to spread disinformation. Guests include Richard Hine, who runs a popular Donald Trump parody account on Twitter and explains how the US president manipulates the media, Italian journalist Leonardo Bianchi who describes the mistrust of the partisan Italian media, Brazilian journalist Patricia Campos Mello who reveals the extent of sexist abuse suffered by female journalists in Brazil, and Viktoria Sërdult, a contributor the latest edition of the magazine who discusses the Hungarian government’s anti-LGBT agenda.  

  • Border Forces with Peppermint, Ariana Drehsler and Steven Borowiec

    Border Forces with Peppermint, Ariana Drehsler and Steven Borowiec

    10/09/2019 Duração: 22min

    In the Index on Censorship autumn 2019 podcast, we focus on how travel restrictions at borders are limiting the flow of free thought and ideas. Lewis Jennings and Sally Gimson discuss the latest issue of the magazine and reveal what to expect. Guests include trans woman and activist Peppermint, runner-up of RuPaul's Drag Race season nine, who opens up about a transphobic experience in a Russian airport; San Diego photojournalist Ariana Drehsler talks about her detainment at a Mexican border and how this compares to a similar situation that happened in Egypt; and Steven Borowiec, a regular contributor to the magazine based in South Korea, discusses the laws surrounding the toughest border in the world.

  • Judged


    21/06/2019 Duração: 27min

    In the summer 2019 podcast, Judged, we focus on how governments use power to undermine justice and freedom. Lewis Jennings and Rachael Jolley discuss the latest issue of the magazine, revealing their top picks and debating what rating they would be under China's social credit rating system. Guests include best-selling Chinese author Xinran, who delves into surveillance in China; Italian journalist Stefano Pozzebon, who reveals the dangers of being a foreign journalist in Venezuela; and Steve Levitsky, the co-author of The New York Times best-seller How Democracies Die, discusses political polarisation in the US. 

  • Freedom of Expression Award Winners Roundtable

    Freedom of Expression Award Winners' Roundtable

    15/04/2019 Duração: 22min

    In this special edition of the Index on Censorship podcast, we celebrate the winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards 2019. Mimi Mefo, a leading voice in exposing the mistreatment of Cameroonian journalists, talks about press freedom in her country; Ritu Gairola, from Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), discusses why it is effective for cartoonists to use humour to convey political messages; Carolina Botero, from Fundación Karisma, reveals the online threats we should all know about; and Zehra Dogan, a Kurdish painter and journalist, opens up about finding the courage to continue her work during her imprisonment*. Afterward, we catch up with Terry Anderson, executive director of CRNI, to learn more about threats to cartoonists worldwide.*Zehra is translated in this podcast.

  • Is this all the local news? With Karoline Kan, Ian Murray and Sinead Corr

    Is this all the local news? With Karoline Kan, Ian Murray and Sinead Corr

    25/03/2019 Duração: 17min

    Is this all the local news? We discuss this in the latest podcast. In the spring 2019 edition of Index on Censorship magazine, we explore what happens when the local news media is not there to hold power to account. Guests on this edition of the podcast are all featured in the latest magazine. Beijing-based reporter Karoline Kan, who writes for this issue, explores whether China's social credit system could impact local journalism; Ian Murray, director of the Society of Editors, discusses a new survey where local editors talk about their fears for the future; co-founder of the Bishop's Stortford Independent Sinead Corr talks about how she recently launched a new and successful local paper; plus in a special segment current Index youth board members Arpitha Desai, hailing from India, and Melissa Zisengwe, originally from Zimbabwe but now living in South Africa, talk about the strengths and weaknesses of community news in their countries.

  • Birth, Marriage and Death

    Birth, Marriage and Death

    12/12/2018 Duração: 16min

    What are we afraid to talk about? In the Winter 2018 edition of Index on Censorship magazine, we explore taboos surrounding birth, marriage and death around the world. Author Jieun Baek reveals the difficulties of obtaining interviews with North Korean defectors; Sharon Thompson, senior lecturer at Cardiff Law School, talks gold diggers and prenups; Columnist for The Times Edward Lucas discusses distress purchases; and journalist Irene Caselli lifts the lid on why young women are afraid to talk about contraception and abortion in some Latin American countries.

  • The Age of Unreason - Claire Fox, Elsie Eyakuze and Dan Nolan - Autumn 2018 podcast

    The Age of Unreason - Claire Fox, Elsie Eyakuze and Dan Nolan - Autumn 2018 podcast

    14/09/2018 Duração: 08min

    Are facts under attack? We explore this question in the Autumn issue of Index on Censorship magazine. In the podcast, we speak to Academy of Ideas founder and director Claire Fox about why we need to leave our echo chambers; Tanzanian blogger Elsie Eyakuze discusses a current blogging tax in her country pricing writers offline; and journalist Dan Nolan talks of the dangers that currently face scientists in Hungary.