This week, literary greats on censorship; Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez arrested; portraits of Burmese activist; anti-cybercrime law sparks protests in Philippines; UN passes journalist safety resolution; and news from Cambodia, Malaysia.
Burmese poet, activist, and editor Nyein Thit talks about his experience in prison and his documentaries on Burma’s forced labor camps in this video interview. Nyein Thit also reads his poem “Peace on the Table.”
“Is freedom of speech incompatible with the values that Muslims hold? Does art have its limits in the Muslim world?” In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled author Bina Shah focuses on The Innocence of Muslims and its effect on the Muslim world.
Writer Bina Shah recounts her experiences with blasphemy laws, from the fatwa placed on Salman Rushdie to the current persecution of Christians living in Pakistan, and her own wrestling with these policies as both a writer and Muslim.
This week, an anti-Islamist film ignited violent protests across the Arab world; Freedom Theater co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi to begin death fast until he is released from a Palestinian prison; Aseem Trivedi jailed for cartoon mocking Indian government.
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