• 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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  • 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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  • Lydia Cacho
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup, prominent investigative journalist Lydia Cacho flees Mexico after death threats, exiled satirist Abebe Tolla talks about censorship in Ethiopia, and author Alom Shaha calls for a discussion on Islam. Plus news and analysis from around the world.

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  • Farida Afridi
    A Bright Light Goes Out in the Tribal Belt

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled author Bina Shah reflects on the death of Pakistani women’s rights activist Farida Afridi. The founder of SAWERA, a women-led human rights NGO in Pakistan’s tribal belt, is suspected to have been killed by Taliban militants.

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  • A still from "Alu Anday," Beygairat Brigade's satirical music video. Photo: youtube user TheMedia180.
    On the Front Lines of Comedy

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled Pakistani journalist Bina Shah talks about the risks faced by satirists and comedians in Pakistan who “tread fine line between the natural freedom of the profession and the fear of censorship.”

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  • Ray Bradbury
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. This week news from Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, and an essay by Ray Bradbury.

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  • Shahbaz Bhatti, murdered minority leader
    Denialistan: Part Two

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled Bina Shah continues discussing reactions to her novel Slum Child, which criticizes the treatment of minorities in Pakistan.

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  • Zuma Spear
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. This week news from Colombia, South Africa, China, Israel and Pakistan.

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