• 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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  • 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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  • Khalid Khalifa
    In Praise of Love

    In this week’s From Egypt column, author Hamdy El-Gazzar writes an open letter to his friend Khalid Khalifa, a Syrian novelist who recently returned to war-torn Syria. Khalifa has issued calls to writers and the international community to “Rescue my people.”

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  • Mahmoud Dowlatabdi's novel The Colonel was just published in the U.S. but does not yet exist in an authorized Persian-language version. Photo: H.P. Schaefer
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup news and analysis from Syria, Mexico, Sudan, China, Lebanon and Turkey. Also a review of “The Colonel” by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi and a Q&A with journalist F. Brinley Bruton who is covering Syria.

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  • Tsering Woeser
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup news and analysis from Mexico, Syria, Tibet, Ireland, and the US. Also interviews with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and Pankaja Thakur, an executive on the Censor Board of India.

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  • Ai Weiwei
    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: Syria, China, Tunisia, Carlos Fuentes, Ai Wei Wei.

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