Writers in the Garden: Dave Newman

On July 17th, City of Asylum Pittsburgh presented Writers in the Garden, an annual celebration of local poets and the Northside community.


The Freedom Chat: A Video Conversation with Sidharth Bhatia

Sidharth Bhatia, a Mumbai-based journalist who reports for the Times of India and The Dawn, discusses the effect of economic reforms on India’s media in the Freedom Chat.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Live in the Alphabet City Tent: Poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Cave Canem faculty member and Cornell University professor, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, delivers her poem “Lost”, which documents her harrowing and real experience in the Floridian swamp.

Poet Patricia Smith

Live in the Alphabet City Tent: Poet Patricia Smith

Professor and acclaimed poet Patricia Smith captivated the Alphabet City tent audience this year at Cave Canem. Today, we present a video of Smith delivering her poem “Where Black Begins and Don’t End”.

Freedom Chat

The Freedom Chat: A Video Conversation with Ma Thida

In this installment of the Freedom Chat, Dr. Ma Thida, a Burmese surgeon, writer, and human rights activist discusses the effect of recent government policies on free speech.

Egypt: Documentary with Ramy Essam and censored artists
The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression recently released a documentary exploring freedom of creativity in Egypt by interviewing the artists that have been subjected to governmental censorship.
Sedition Act in Malaysia
Slideshow: Cartoons by Arrested Malaysian Artist Zunar
On Tuesday night, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (also known as Zunar) was arrested for sedition.
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Impunidad en México…at a Glance
Close to 99% of crimes against journalists and the media are committed with impunity in Mexico. Learn more about who is being targeted and who is responsible.


  • Freedom Chat
    The Freedom Chat: Betre Yacob

    In the fourteenth installment, editorial intern Emily Durham spoke with Betre Yacob, an Ethiopian journalist and the former president of the government-disbanded Ethiopian Journalists Forum.


  • The Freedom Chat: A Conversation with Andrea Daza Tapia
    The 10 Most Popular Freedom Chats of 2014

    This year, Sampsonia Way introduced The Freedom Chats, a new series that features interviews with journalists and other international media personalities who face censorship and repression in their home countries. Join us in reviewing the most viewed Freedom Chats from 2014.


  • Unjuried and Uncensored: An Interview with AS220’s Bert Crenca
    The 10 Most Popular Interviews of 2014

    This year, we spoke to poets, journalists, filmmakers and novelists from India to Morocco, from France to Iran. We talked about revolution, the forgotten history of the United Farm Worker Movement in Texas, hereditary exile, writing as an act of defiance, and much more.