The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Index on Censorship celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. It was founded as a response to Soviet dictatorship and was designed to promote free expression around the world and to highlight areas of censorship around the world. In those days, a much clearer definition between dictatorships and democracy. Over time it has evolved. In the just over three years I have been involved -- and I will be leaving at the end of March -- Index has changed quite considerably. We embrace the digital age with alacrity. We do considerably more campaigning and lobbying around the world in addition to the editorial work that we do and we embrace -- the term I use is we cover and highlight not just black and white cases of censorship, egregious abuse, use of violence, suppression of journalists around the world who are killed or otherwise intimidated, but we also are heavily involved in what we call the shades of grey. That is areas where free expression comes up against competing rights, whether it is privacy, confidentiality, data protection and elsewhere, and this brings us and has brought us for several years now very much to the forefront of the debate in Western countries and particularly in the UK.

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