• 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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    Cartoon: Putin and Pussy Riot

    Today’s cartoon comes to us from Marian Kamensky (Austria). Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt.

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  • PEN Presents: Who's Afraid of Free Speech?
    Video: Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?

    On December 4, 2013, PEN PRESENTS: “Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?” brought together writers David Simon, E.L. Doctorow, Masha Gessen, Azar Nafisi, and moderator James Fallows of The Atlantic to address challenges to free expression in the digital age.

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  • China Media Censorship
    Chinese censorship – American Style?

    The widely criticized suspension last week of Bloomberg New’s Hong Kong-based journalist Michael Forsythe sparks discussion of alleged censorship of reporters and articles in China. In this video, James Fallows, Demetri Sevastopulo and discuss the issue with CNN’s Eric Deggans.

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