Should sport be above politics and human rights? As London gets ready for the Olympics, Index on Censorship visits the ethical pit stops, asks whether sporting tournaments can be good for democracy and considers the appeal of championships to sports mad dictators - from Vladimir Putin to Alexander Lukashenko. With Mihir Bose giving the inside track on sport and ethics, Natalie Haynes Corinna Ferguson on new threats to the right to protest in the UK, Stephen Escritt and Martin Polley on brand control, Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra on Russia's winter challenge, and Leah Borromeo on what the Olympics mean for locals. Plus award-winning Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, Salil Tripathi on censorship at literary festivals and reports on press freedom from Hungary, Dagestan and Mexico.
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Editorial - Jo Glanville DISPATCHES Creative dissent: An interview with celebrated cartoonist Ali Ferzat - Malu Halasa Hungary's betrayal: Fallout from the new media law - James Kirchick Murder in Dagestan: A new crisis for press freedom - John Crowfoot Tight spot: Greek journalists under pressure - Matthaios Tsimtakis OLYMPIC CHALLENGE Sporting trials: Should sport make way for human rights? - Mihir Bose From the archive: Bomb psychology: against the boycott - Athol Fugard Game control: Who owns the Olympics? - Stephen Escritt & Martin Polley Bad sport: A guide to the rules and regs - Natalie Haynes From the archive: A massacre in Mexico: 1968 - Brian Glanville Local heroes: What the Olympics means for East London - Leah Borromeo Capital clean-up: More laws have been passed in the UK to curb protest - Corinna Ferguson Stripsearch - Martin Rowson Putin's winter challenge: Sport in a troubled terrain - Arnold Van Bruggen & Rob Hornstra Team Lukashenko - Natalka Babina China's promise: The mixed legacy of the Games - Duncan Hewitt Spring thaw: Burma's journalists are still suspicious - Zaw Thet Htway Spy games: Surveillance and the Olympics - Katitza Rodriguez & Rebecca Bowes From the archive: The girl athlete: a short story - Ivan Klima INDEX INDEX: A ROUND-UP OF CENSORSHIP IN THE UK CULTURE CRUSH Taking a stand: Festivals, censorship and protest - Salil Tripathi From the archive: A letter to Mr Ceausescu - Ivan Kraus Poems from the edge: Sri Lankan poets on the front line - Frances Harrison From the archive: Gentle reader - Judy Blume