Freedom of Speech Roundup
Chinese Officials Prohibit Jokes About Phallic Building
Complex. All search queries of “People’s Daily” and “building” on the Chinese social media site Weibo yield the following message: “In accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed.” Read here.
Bulgarian Journalist Threatened for Uncovering Communist Crimes
The Epoch Times. Investigative journalist Hristo Hristov and his family have been receiving death threats that, according to six members of the European parliament, “are directly related to his revelations.” Read the interview with Hristov here.
Interview: Libraries and Palestine
Counterpunch. This June, a delegation of librarians, archivists, and other library workers will travel to Palestine to connect with colleagues in library- and archive-related projects there. The hope is to shed light on Palestinian voices and bear witness to the destruction and appropriation of information in the area. In this interview the delegation discusses the planned trip, libraries in Palestine, and academic censorship. Read here.
‘Forbidden Voices’: Female Bloggers Fight for Freedom of Speech
CNN. A new documentary entitled Forbidden Voices follows the lives of female dissident bloggers from “across the globe,” including bloggers from Cuba (Yoani Sanchez), Iran (Farnaz Seifi), and China (Zeng Jinyan). Read here.
Syria and 7 Other Places the Internet Has Been Shut Off
PCMag This week Syria lost internet connectivity for 20 hours, possibly an intentional action by the country’s president, Bashar Assad. See a slideshow of countries that have lost internet access here.
Editorial Cartoonists Resist Censorship
KBIA Cartoonists Aseem Trivedi and Ali Ferzat have been jointly awarded the 2013 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award by Cartoonists Rights Network International. Read more about Trivedi and Ferzat’s work here.
Writing Freedom Comes to Krakow
New Eastern Europe The Biannual PEN International WiPC Conference & ICORN Network Meeting is taking place in Krakow, Poland this month. 200 people from around the world are expected to attend to discuss the freedom to write and human rights issues. Read more about the conference here.
Battling Censorship Behind Bars
Salon Inmates in U.S. prisons can face huge restrictions on what kinds of writing they are permitted access to. Lou Johnson, an inmate in Gatesville, Texas, is an example of this. After being interviewed for a book on women prisons, she was unable to obtain a copy after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice censored the book. Read more about prison censorship here.