• Banned Books Week
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: 30th year of Banned Books Week celebrates right to read; Burmese journalists still denied visas to enter country; French newspaper cartoons of prophet Muhammad spark debate over Islamophobia; and the convenience of denouncing free speech.

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  • Jenin Protests_ Sawt Al-Mana
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, an anti-Islamist film ignited violent protests across the Arab world; Freedom Theater co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi to begin death fast until he is released from a Palestinian prison; Aseem Trivedi jailed for cartoon mocking Indian government.

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  • Jordan Internet Blackout
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Jordanian online news sites protests new censorship laws with web blackout; social media’s role in sparking religious violence in India raises questions about justified cyber censorship; plus news and analysis from Ivory Coast, Egypt, South Korea, Turkey.

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  • Egyptian President Morsi on May 13, 2012. Photo: Youtube user MEMRITVVideos.
    The Egyptian Intellectual Constitution

    Following Egypt’s revolution, many forces have been working towards a new constitution for the country. Hamdy El-Gazzar highlights a group of intellectuals and artists who have created a “Cultural Constitution” to preserve intellectual freedom.

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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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  • Pussy Riot on Trial
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison, Ecuador granted political asylum to Julian Assange, Mexican poet Javier Sicilia kicks off U.S. Caravan for Peace. Also, news from Burma, South Korea, Honduras.

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  • Lydia Cacho, author of Esclavas del poder. Photo: Artículo 19. Creative Commons Licensed.
    Open Season on Journalists

    Writer Horacio Castellanos Moya examines how journalists, not writers and intellectuals, are the new targets of the powerful elite. In Latin America, pursuing investigative journalism, like that of Lydia Cacho, can be a death sentence.

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