The organisation published an interview with Jytte Klausen, the Danish author ofThe Cartoons That Shook The World, a book about the illustrations of Muhammad that caused a furore, but chose not to reproduce them in its magazine.
"In refusing to publish the cartoons, Index is not only helping strengthen the culture of censorship, it is also weakening its authority to challenge that culture," fumes Kenan Malik, the author and broadcaster.
Jonathan Dimbleby, the presenter of Any Questions?, who is chairman of Index, says: "The board does not readily interfere in the day-to-day editorial decisions taken by the Index on Censorship staff, but this case was different.
"The board's main concern was both for individual members of the Index staff and those who worked for the other organisations which share our Free Word premises, and who would have been equally on the receiving end of any attack."
The last Straw
With Jane Andrews safely behind bars at Holloway, Jack Straw has held a private meeting with her victim's family.
Rick Cressman, whose brother, Thomas, was murdered by the former dresser to the Duchess of York, tells me that the Justice Secretary said sorry for her abscondment.
"Mr Straw was very apologetic about the fiasco," he says. "He could see why we were so upset by what we see as a failure by the Ministry of Justice and the Prison Service to handle her."