• Freedom Chat
    The Freedom Chat: A Conversation with Naziha Syed Ali

    Sampsonia Way is excited to announce its newest series: The Freedom Chat. Through Skype we are reaching out to journalists and other media figures from around the world to share their firsthand experiences with censorship, repression, and exile. In this very first Freedom Chat, Naziha Syed Ali comments on a multitude of threats felt by journalists in Pakistan.

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  • No Facebook
    Ten Countries where Facebook has been Banned

    Though Facebook has over 1.23 billion users around the world, these 10 countries have political leaders who don’t want their citizens to have access to the site, or who have banned it amid fears that it could be used to organize political rallies.

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  • RSF Blasphemy Report Cover
    Censorship and Repression in the Name of Religion

    There are far too many countries where news and content providers constantly face a very special and formidable form of censorship, one exercised in the name of religion or even God. In a recent report, Reporters Without Borders analyzed the key hotspots and offered its recommendations.

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  • Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird
    Ten Most-Read Columns of 2013

    We look back at the most-read columns of 2013, featuring contributions from Tarik Günersel (Turkey), Bina Shah (Pakistan), Khet Mar (Burma), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Hamdy el-Gazzar (Egypt), Tienchi Martin-Liao (China), Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador), and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran).

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  • Pakistan Bigotry
    Pakistan’s Gay Website Ban Reflects Bigotry

    Pakistan’s move to ban access to the gay social networking website Queerpk reflects the conservative society’s inability to accept a “larger world view”, activists say. Keeping with Pakistan’s internet censorship policies, some say the ban is aimed at curbing alternate and progressive discourse.

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  • Shahid Mahmood
    Amplifying the Ludicrous

    Bina Shah speaks with Canadian-Pakistani political cartoonist Shahid Mahmood. His work has been censored in Pakistan and he has received death threats from the Taliban. Mahmood gained notoriety in 2004 when he was stopped from boarding a plane for appearing on a “no-fly”list.

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