• Fernanda Lima
    Blind Protest

    When Iranian television censored the broadcast of the Brazil 2014 World Cup draw in last month due to host Fernanda Lima’s dress, soccer-crazed Iranian youth took to social media to express their anger – not towards the government censors but against the actress.

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  • Ai Weiwei portrait
    An Artist’s Duty: An Interview with Ai Weiwei

    Still denied his passport after nearly three years, Ai Weiwei exists in a strange purgatory. In this interview, the dissident Chinese artist speaks truth to power, as China’s exploitative processes of development demand great responsibility from the nation’s intellectual and artistic currents.

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  • Whistleblower by Ben Jennings
    Cartoon: Whistleblower

    In today’s cartoon Ben Jennings (United Kingdom) comments on the harsh treatment whistleblowers receive at the hands of governments, particularly in the US and UK.

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  • Iran Satellite Dishes
    In the Future People Will Laugh at Many Things

    Satellite dishes, bootleg VHS tapes, uncensored films, police searches, laughter, and fear. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has imposed and removed bans on just about everything – soon such actions, says the new minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance says, will make everyone laugh.

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  • Xiao Shu
    Xiao Shu: Thoughts On My Online Annihilation

    “These past few years I’ve been driven into exile, hunted down and attacked from all sides.” The veteran Chinese journalist and former Southern Weekly commentator Xiao Shu, an important figure in the New Citizens Movement, speaks out on being silenced from China’s internet.

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  • Philip Roth
    Dear Philip, We are Never Done

    Iranian novelist Yaghoub Yadali responds to Philip Roth’s recent announcement of his retirement with a deeply honest letter addressed to the celebrated author. While Yadali understands Roth’s reasons for calling it quits, he explains why “for an Iranian writer, retirement is meaningless.”

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  • Citation Filtered
    Infographic: Iran’s Censorship of Wikipedia

    The Iranian government aggressively blocks online content with an extensive blacklist of URLs and URL keywords. According to an Iran Media Program study, Iran’s digital filter blocks access to pages on one of internet’s most open platforms: Wikipedia. Here’s an infographic that shows key findings.

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  • New Voyager Video
    New Voyager! Yes, We Can

    Does a new viral YouTube video signal big changes in Iran? Entitled “New Voyager,” the music video, which has strong similarities with the Obama campaign’s “Yes We Can” video, is largely based on president Hassan Rouhani speeches, shows women singing, and portrays Iran’s diverse society.

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