• One of Liu Xia's Doll Photographs
    Liu Xia and Her Dolls

    Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles Liu Xia in this week’s column. The wife of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo is currently living under house arrest in Beijing. Recently her photography, featuring dolls, was exhibited at the Berlin Literature Festival.

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  • Banned Books Week
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: 30th year of Banned Books Week celebrates right to read; Burmese journalists still denied visas to enter country; French newspaper cartoons of prophet Muhammad spark debate over Islamophobia; and the convenience of denouncing free speech.

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  • Jenin Protests_ Sawt Al-Mana
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    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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  • Saadat Hasan Manto
    Manto: The Literary Voice of a Nation

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled Bina Shah profiles Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto, who faced obscenity charges in Pakistan during his lifetime. After decades of being marginalized, Manto’s work is now recognized as “the literary voice of a nation.”

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  • Jordan Internet Blackout
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Jordanian online news sites protests new censorship laws with web blackout; social media’s role in sparking religious violence in India raises questions about justified cyber censorship; plus news and analysis from Ivory Coast, Egypt, South Korea, Turkey.

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  • Myanmar goverment abolishes direct media censorship after 50 years.
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Myanmar government announces it is to end direct media censorship; writer Patrick Ness on censorship in the internet age; World Writers’ Conference issues statement condemning Arizona book ban. Also, news from India, Syria, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia.

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  • A silent protest held on July 27th at the Grand Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa. Photo: youtube user Sefir Islam.
    Silence is Loud

    For eight months Ethiopian Muslims have been protesting against the government’s interference in the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council. Journalist Mesfin Negash examines the ways in which the government has suppressed protesters and religious freedom.

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