• Karam Saber
    The Defamation of Religion and Karam Saber, Again

    Last October, Hamdy El-Gazzar wrote about Karam Saber, an Egyptian writer who was sentenced to five years in prison for “contempt- and defamation of religion” in his short story collection, Where is God. On March 11, the Beba Misdemeanour Court in Beni Sueif upheld this sentence.

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    On the Precipice: Burmese Literature Post-Censorship

    What kind of literature might emerge in Burma, post-censorship? James Byrne, co-editor of the Burmese poetry anthology Bones Will Crow, reports on how government reforms are changing the literary landscape for writers and publishers, and how the rosy future of Burmese literature is really just a “surface reality.”

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  • No Facebook
    Ten Countries where Facebook has been Banned

    Though Facebook has over 1.23 billion users around the world, these 10 countries have political leaders who don’t want their citizens to have access to the site, or who have banned it amid fears that it could be used to organize political rallies.

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  • Xu Zhiyong and Hu Jia Supporters
    Offshore Leaks Trigger Wave of Fear

    A new International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report lists over 21,000 people in China and Hong Kong – among them military and political leaders – with secret offshore holdings. Did China imprison activists and dissidents writers to divert attention from the corruption scandal?

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    Cartoon: TVExecution

    Political cartoonist Sergei Tunin (Russia) takes a look at the action taken by three Russian television providers of pulling the plug on Dozhd (TV Rain), a TV station known for covering the country’s massive anti-government protests. The channel’s chief said the move amounts to censorship.

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