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Index on Censorship

ISSN (printed): 0306-4220. ISSN (electronic): 1746-6067.

Index on Censorship is the only magazine devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International in outlook, outspoken in comment, publishing some of the world's finest writers, Index exposes stories that are suppressed, publishes banned writing, initiates debate and gives breadth to news that has often been dumbed down in the world's media. In addition, every issue of Index since its inception has included a 30-page, country by country index recording violations of free speech. These lists remain as extensive today as when the magazine was founded 33 years ago, and are a trenchant reminder that continuing vigilance is essential. Index was first published in 1972, in response to show trials in Moscow. The idea behind the magazine was to make public the circumstances of those who are silenced in their own countries, wherever that may be, and to publish their work. Since the end of communism, and with an increasingly fragmented world, new and troubling questions have surfaced, some of them challenging the primacy of free expression itself: religious extremism, relative values and cultural difference, the rise of nationalism, the rewriting of history, hate speech, pornography, violence on television, freedom on the Internet are just some of them. And we are concerned not just with official censorship, but with any form of silencing, whoever is doing it. We welcome contributions from anyone concerned with issues of free speech. Our articles range widely from essays to opinion pieces, from oral testimony to fiction and poetry. Index is a magazine of record, but we also publish articles intended to promote debate. The views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of the editors, the publisher, or the editorial board.

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