1. Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, has been named the winner of the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova. He was nominated for the award by an independent international jury.

    Eynulla Fatullayev, 35, is the former editor-in-chief and founder of the popular independent Russian-language weekly Realny Azerbaijan (Real Azerbaijan) and the Azeri-language daily Gundalik Azarbaycan (Azerbaijan Daily) newspapers. Throughout his career, he has unfailingly and steadfastly spoken out for freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Imprisoned in 2007, he was released last year by presidential pardon on Azerbaijan’s Republic Day, 26 May - an event that was welcomed by the international community. In July 2011 Mr Fatullayev founded the “Public Union for Human Rights", a non-governmental human rights organization.

    The UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was created in 1997 by UNESCO’s Executive Board. It is awarded annually during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, and honours the work of an individual or an organization defending or promoting freedom of expression anywhere in the world, especially if this action puts the individual’s life at risk. Candidates are proposed by UNESCO Member States, and regional or international organizations that defend and promote freedom of expression.

    # vimeo.com/41514930 Uploaded 28 Plays 0 Comments
  2. Self-censorship, market forces, nudity in Trafalgar Square and offence were all up for discussion at the launch of Index’s on Censorship magazine’s “Art Issue” at the Free Word Centre on 5 October.

    Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown spoke of her firsthand experience of paying the price for artistic freedom, denied the existence of any “fantastic freedom” in the UK.

    She insisted the real concern around freedom of expression in visual art was not offence, but a very real need for “sophisticated thought” in a complicated society.

    An honest and fair look at each individual context was necessary; occasionally “internal censorship is not a bad thing at all”, she added.

    # vimeo.com/30163868 Uploaded 61 Plays 0 Comments
  3. Ales Lipay of the independent Belarus news agency discusses the difficulties of establishing a news radio station in the country, where independent media face a rack of obstacles from a repressive state.

    For more details, see the Index on Censorship report on its part in a recent survey of media rights in Belarus (http://bit.ly/qERP6).

    # vimeo.com/6779667 Uploaded 30 Plays 0 Comments

Index on Censorship

Rohan Jayasekera

Clips of interviews, events, scenes or documentary evidence collected during the work of staff at Index on Censorship magazine, in London and around the world.

Browse This Channel

Shout Box

Heads up: the shoutbox will be retiring soon. It’s tired of working, and can’t wait to relax. You can still send a message to the channel owner, though!

Channels are a simple, beautiful way to showcase and watch videos. Browse more Channels.