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Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev: Our mission is to promote free journalism across the globe

In October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist at Novaya Gazeta newspaper in Russia, was assassinated in her home after publishing a series of articles on human rights abuse and international corruption. Her case remains unresolved, but did at least generate huge international coverage.

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Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs was notorious, but can the remake repeat its incendiary impact? Geoffrey Macnab investigates

John Kampfner: We're too easily offended

The Starkey brouhaha follows a well-trodden path. Curmudgeonly man says something crass. Somebody gets cross

Caught in the Net: Willing submissions to censorship

The latest track to emerge from Stephen Malkmus's new album, Mirror Traffic – produced by Beck, made with the Jicks – ahead of its 22 August release is the upbeat jaunt "Senator".

Brian Cathcart: If a press regulator is to have teeth, it must be backed by law

Ask yourself: how often does my paper publish libel? How frank is it about mistakes it makes?

Terence Blacker: 'Liberals' at their most cowardly

Censorship in 2011 involves shifting the blame on to others

Writer of 'gay' opera attacks censorship

Opera North defended its decision to cancel an opera involving primary school pupils after the writer refused to tone down references to a character's homosexuality.

Rock 'n roll's rudest hits: Is society stifling the true spirit of rock 'n' roll?

Since its earliest days, popular music has had the power to shock. But society's become obsessed with not causing offence, argues Terence Blacker

Azerbaijan admits censorship at Biennale

The work of one of Azerbaijan's leading artists, at the centre of an embarrassing dispute at the prestigious Venice Art Biennale, has been removed from the festival after the country's President apparently intervened to say the works were distasteful.

In further case of censorship, the BBC deny Palestine’s right to exist

It seems that the Mic Righteous controversy, in which the BBC censored the words ‘Free Palestine’ from his freestyle on 1Xtra radio, has opened a can of worms the BBC cannot ignore for much longer.

Yemen imposes emergency rule

Yemen brought in sweeping emergency laws today after the president asked for new powers of arrest, detention and censorship to crush the uprising demanding his removal.

Likelihood of Chinese revolt 'unrealistic'

China will not succumb to the kind of unrest rocking authoritarian governments across the Middle East, a senior official has said – despite a rash of detentions and censorship which suggests Beijing remains nervous.

Swift's flirtatious game of self-censorship

Jonathan Swift, known for his satirical contributions to literature, sometimes flirted with the obscene. His most famous letters are riddled with crossings-out, which academics previously attributed to 18th-century editors censoring the clergyman's bawdy lines. Swift called women "bitches", "huzzies" and complained about their looks.

Ryan Gosling frustrated by censorship

Ryan Gosling was "frustrated" when film censors tried to ban his 'Blue Valentine' sex scene.

France's dead stars reappear in puff of smoke

Jean-Paul Sartre, who died in 1980, will soon be able to smoke cigarettes in public again. And the great comic film-maker Jacques Tati will shortly be allowed to take up his beloved pipe too, 28 years after his death.

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