• Ai Weiwei
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. This week: Syria, China, Tunisia, Carlos Fuentes, Ai Wei Wei.

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  • Chinese Post Office Logo.
    Categorical Denial

    In this week’s “Blind Chess” column Tienchi Martin-Liao discusses the Chinese Post Office’s role in censorship policy of banning books from the mail and how Hong Kong is becoming a source for black market books.

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  • Zuma Spear
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. This week news from Colombia, South Africa, China, Israel and Pakistan.

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  • Book Cover for Dark Road by Ma Jian
    No Place for Incarnation?

    Independent Chinese PEN Center President Tienchi Martin-Liao reviews Dark Road, a new novel by Ma Jian about a couple’s unbalanced fight against China’s cold-blooded one-child policy that is made not to protect, but to destroy, lives.

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  • Pussy Riot by Igor_Mukhin
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. This week news from Russia, Tibet, Iran, the Americas, and Julian Assange.

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  • Salman Rushdie PEN 2012
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature.

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  • Left: Tienchi Martin-Liao. Right: wroter Liao Yiwu. © Elke Wetzig/CC-BY-SA
    The Empire Strikes Back

    In this week’s “Blind Chess” column, Independent Chinese PEN Center president Tienchi Martin-Liao reflects on the ancient practices of “literary inquisition” and “kin liability” and how these practices are still relevant in China today.

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  • London Book Fair
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature.

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  • China's presence at the London Book Fair 2012
    Earn Money, But Keep Your Hands Clean!

    “The London Book Fair is not only a cultural event, but also an enormous commercial chance for Britain,” writes Tienchi Martin-Liao, president of Independent Chinese PEN, of China’s massive presence at this year’s installment of the literary festival.

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