Entries Tagged as 'Index on Censorship'

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

local heroes: the olympic unwanted

The motto of the Games is “inspire a generation”. However, not everyone is enthused. Londoners from the poorest parts of the city facing major upheavals from losing their homes, livelihoods and public spaces to the mercy of a few weeks of medal-chasing over the summer. They believe that the Olympics gave local councils and big […]

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

transport for london in tony blair censorship climbdown

Transport For London has reinstated a banned ad campaign for London’s Mosaic Rooms gallery featuring an image of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair photographing himself on a mobile phone in front of an explosion. The photomontage “Photo Op”, made in 2005 by kennardphillipps, was promoting a joint show at the gallery for them and […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

occupy evicted – free speech ends where the profit margin begins

The evictions of Occupy London sites at St Paul’s Cathedral and the School of Ideas show a systemic contempt for the right to protest if that dissent threatens profit. The 80 people living at the St Paul’s site and the 40-50 living at an abandoned school building near Old Street were greeted in the small […]

Monday, November 21st, 2011

olympic ideal puts money before democracy

A series of Home Office proposals could ban protests during the London 2012 Olympic games. In reaction to the longevity and scale of recent Occupy London takeovers of public and private space at St Paul’s Cathedral, Finsbury Square and a former UBS bank, ministers are reported to be drafting legislation loosely based on part 3 of the Police […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

jonnie marbles’ sentence sends a clear signal

Comedian Jonathan May-Bowles was yesterday sentenced to six weeks in jail for throwing a shaving-foam pie at Rupert Murdoch whilst the media tycoon was giving evidence at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Better known as “Jonnie Marbles”, May-Bowles was also ordered to pay £250 costs and a £15 victim fine after pleading guilty […]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

“any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police”

London’s Metropolitan Police has called for large businesses and the public to report suspicious anarchist activities immediately. A weekly communiqué (see below) issued by the City of Westminster’s Counter Terrorist Focus Desk said: “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any […]

Friday, May 13th, 2011

how ai weiwei politicised the art establishment

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained on 03 April 2011 by the authorities at Beijing Capital Airport preparing to board a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. He has yet to be charged and the state has not yet confirmed his whereabouts. A major survey show of his work has opened at London’s Lisson Gallery joining […]

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Tony Blair and Censorship

The argument that mob censorship is what stopped Tony Blair from going ahead with his London book signing and subsequent private shindig at Tate Modern holds no water. A much larger mob of millions in 2003 marched against the invasion of Iraq in 800 cities around the world. But in those days Blair ran Britain. […]

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

No charge in Ian Tomlinson death

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there is no charge to answer in the case of a newspaper vendor who died during the G20 protests in London. So the police culture of impunity continues. The police officer filmed pushing Ian Tomlinson to the ground will not face criminal charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said today. […]

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Well I’ve been doing some editing…

…for the Index on Censorship. They recently had Sir Tom Stoppard and the Belarus Free Theatre on at the Free Word Centre. Nick Cohen wrote a smashing review in the Guardian about how to make a drama out of a crisis. Belarus is possibly Europe’s last dictatorship where freedom of speech and expression are, to […]