• Zainab al-Khawaja
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    The week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. Featured this week: imprisoned Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja releases audio message, and German-Iraqi Abbas Khider wins Literature in Exile Prize.

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  • Bones Will Crow
    Bones Will Crow Revisited

    To mark the American debut of an anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry, Sampsonia Way reprints Khet Mar’s interview with editors James Byrne and poet Ko Ko Thett, in which they discuss the challenges of compiling the anthology, and Burma’s transition out of a culture of censorship.

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  • Censured Picasso
    Erdocracy Censures Picasso!

    As the pro-government ATV Channel in Turkey censures a cubist painting by Picasso, Tarık Günersel thanks the group of American actors and other intellectuals for criticizing the new oppressive regime in Turkey, which he calls “Erdocracy,” a version of Islamofascism.

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    The Stone-Throwing Analyst

    Political analyst or disruptive propagandist? A disturbing trend in newspaper editorials in Venezuela. “Analysts interpret. They don’t rebuke, punish, exclude, or explain; that is the job of a propagandist.”

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  • Yan Lianke
    Yan Lianke: A Master of Sarcasm

    Independent Chinese PEN Center president Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles celebrated writer Yan Lianke. Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize, Yan is known to provoke and expose the CCP, despite official bans and censorship.

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  • Shahid Mahmood
    Amplifying the Ludicrous

    Bina Shah speaks with Canadian-Pakistani political cartoonist Shahid Mahmood. His work has been censored in Pakistan and he has received death threats from the Taliban. Mahmood gained notoriety in 2004 when he was stopped from boarding a plane for appearing on a “no-fly”list.

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