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This issue also includes Index’s founding editor, Michael Scammell, on the origins of the magazine; novelist and translator Maureen Freely on a day of reckoning for Turkey; an exclusive extract from playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s brilliant new satire on censorship and an interview with Italian documentary-maker Erik Gandini on his award-winning documentary Videocracy. You can follow our campaigns and the latest censorship news on www.indexoncensorship.org.
This is our first issue with our new publisher SAGE and we’re delighted to be able to offer improved subscription rates for magazine subscribers (details inside front cover). You can also now buy Index on Amazon. It’s the beginning of an exciting new era, at a time when it’s never been more important to protect free speech.
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