Index at 40

Index on Censorship hits 40 with a special anniversary issue featuring its finest contributors. From celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's diary to Chinese activist Chen Wei's online essay, the medium may have changed over four decades, but the message remains the same - as do the methods for silencing writers, whistleblowers, artists and protesters. Index examines the challenges for free speech today, looks back at the watersheds since 1972 and asks leading activists, journalists and writers around the world for their manifestos for a more outspoken world. 

With Aung San Suu Kyi on the future of free speech, an exclusive extract from Ariel Dorfman’s new play and highlights from the magazine archive, including Nadine Gordimer, Salman Rushdie and Kurt Vonnegut.

As part of our anniversary celebrations, our publisher is opening the magazine’s archive for 40 days from 26 March.

Editorial — Jo Glanville 
Grit in the Engine: A Brief History of Index — Robert Mccrum 
From The Archive: Tight Is the Circle — Solzhenitsyn 
The Long View: Dissident Number One — Michael Scammell 
Manifesto: In The Name Of Freedom of Speech — Aung San Suu Kyi 
From The Archive: Anatomy of Dictatorship — Adam Michnik 
Limits of Freedom: Reflections on A Watershed — Kenan Malik 
Tyranny of Silence: On Hate Speech and Responsibility — Flemming Rose 
From The Archive: Last Chance? — Salman Rushdie 
Manifesto: Pakistan: News Charade —Kamila Shamsie 
Art of Censorship: A Culture of Silence — Abbas 
Manifesto: Iran: Making the People Count — Maziar Bahari 
Stripsearch — Martin Rowson 
Codes Of Conduct: Russia's Hidden Network of Relations — Irena Maryniak 
The Long View: A Formative Encounter — Ludvík Vakulík 
Manifesto: Belarus: Cyber Holes — Andrej Dynko 
The Long View: The Legacy of George Theiner — Philip Spender 
Thoughts on Fasting: An Essay That Led To a Prison Sentence — Chen Wei 
Manifesto: The Future of Internet Freedom — Rebecca Mackinnon 
Lost Images: A Letter to the Syrian Secret Police — Zeina Aboul Hosn 
From The Archive: Powerful Weapons — Naji Al Ali 
Manifesto: New Tactics — Chris Soghoian 
Manifesto: Azerbaijan: Breaking the Silence — Emin Milli 
From The Archive: Persona Non Grata — Don Mattera 
Manifesto: The Gambia: All Change — Buya Jammeh 
From The Archive: Standing In the Queue — Nadine Gordimer 
Manifesto: South Africa: A Critical Battle — Nic Dawes 
The Long View: The Death of Censorship — Judith Vidal-Hall 
Manifesto: Afghanistan: Bird On a Wing — Sidiqullah Tauhidi 
From The Archive: Voices of Hope — Eduardo Galeano 
Bad Luck: The Curse of Good Fortune in Cuba — Jorge Olivera Castillo
The Long View: Literary Secrets from the Kgb Headquarters — Andrew Graham-Yool 
From The Archive: Under the Iron Heel — Mikhail Bulgakov 
Manifesto: News from Mexico — Ana Arana 
Out of the Dark: An Extract from The New Play — Ariel Dorfman 
Manifesto: Serbia: Necessary Danger — Veran Matic 
The Long View: The Price of Hate Speech — Ursula Owen 
Manifesto: Us: Speech Crimes — Alexander Abdo 
From The Archive: Blair's Labyrinth — Tony Geraghty 

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