• Protest in Thailand
    Thai Freedom: We Can’t Breathe

    “Half of every story in Thailand is Royal… How can we write anything, even a historic novel, when we’re only allowed to touch the subject by praising them in a way that seems too unbelievable to be true?” Thai writer Marisa Akara calls attention to the stifling effects of the vice-like lèse-majesté law.

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  • Exile Hangout: Venezuela
    Exile Hangout: Venezuela

    In this Exile Hangout, writer-in-residence Israel Centeno engages Venezuelan authors Liliana Lara, Juan Carlos Chirinos, and Juan Carlos Mendez Guedez. They reveal the realities of living overseas as Venezuelan writers and they expand upon what it means to truly live “in exile” within and outside their country of origin.

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  • Gul Panag
    Twitter Trolls in India: Sexist Abuse as a Tool to Muzzle Women

    This article draws attention to the real increase of sexist online abuse in India via social media channels like Twitter. Female activists who have “tweeted” political messages are consistently targeted for their outspokenness and are met with serious threats that transcend the digital realm. The article was originally published on April 1, 2014 by the Index on Censorship.

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  • A protestor holding a sign expressing opposition against Turkish PM Erdogan
    Air Must be Banned, Too

    In this week’s column, author Tarik Gunersel writes about literary and social media crackdowns as well as the recent challenges to religious freedom under Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan.

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  • Tarik Günersel - Turkey Exile Hangout
    Exile Hangout: Turkey

    Writers Tarik Günersel, Pinar Selek, Necati Abay, and Cüneyt Ayral talk via Google Hangout about risking imprisonment for writing against the regime, the pattern of repression against opposition writers, the government’s crackdown on free press, and the condition of writing in exile.

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  • Where Turkey is Heading Under PM Erdogan
    Believe It or Not

    From ordering a TV station to stop broadcasting a speech by an opposition leader to the imprisonment of Gezi Park protesters, and from the bombing of Kurdish peasants to the targeting of journalists, each day “it seems that PM Erdoğan’s government creates new material for Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”

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