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Freedom of Expression.

An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Mitch Ditkoff

Dear Mr. President: Greetings! Mitch Ditkoff here, red-blooded American and registered voter. Although you and I have never met and are, seemingly, ...

Pioneering Freedom

Irina Bokova | Posted 12.02.2016 | Media
Irina Bokova

Ms Alice Bah Khunke, Minister for Culture and Democracy, Sweden Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General 250 years ago the world witnessed the passag...

Arab Journalists Learn Religion Coverage

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.23.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

They say nothing sparks controversy and discord more than talk of religion, politics and sex - not necessarily in that order. But when journalists f...

Citizens In Tanzania Could Face Jail Time For Insulting The President On Social Media

Quartz Africa | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.16.2016 | World

Tanzania is convicting more of its citizens for criticizing their president online. This week, five people were charged under the country’s recently...

Digital Meets Creativity

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Salma Zulfiqar

The impact of the digital revolution on the cultural and creative industries, as underscored in the 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotio...

George Bush And Hosni Mubarak's Make-Believe Reforms

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 08.30.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

In the years following the events of September 11, 2001, the image of the US in the Middle East was at its lowest. There were demonstrations against the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in Egypt and elsewhere, along with calls to boycott US products.

Kaepernick's a Patriot and His Critics Are Way Off Base

Ken Reed | Posted 08.29.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand up for the playing of the national anthem is more courageous and patriotic than anything 99% of his critics h...

Ahmed Naji: Six Months of Detention is Six Months Too Many

Mai El-Sadany | Posted 08.23.2016 | Media
Mai El-Sadany

(This piece was originally posted on Medium on May 16, 2016; it has been slightly adapted) Today marks six months since Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji w...

The Censorship Monster: Who's Afraid Of A Queer Nipple In The Digital Age?

Slava Mogutin | Posted 08.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Slava Mogutin

So, my question was and still is: what was so offensive about this nonsexual image and what makes a queer nipple (or, rather, documentation of thereof) so dangerous for the Censorship Monster?

Feel And Express Gratitude

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Gratitude is the feeling and attitude of appreciation or thankfulness for the benefits we have received or expect to receive. The feeling of genuine gratitude opens the channels for more goodness to enter into our life experience.

Water Canons Used On Disabled Protestors in Bolivia

Violeta Ayala | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

Earlier this year we saw something that took us completely by surprise. There was a group of people in wheelchairs hanging themselves from a bridge in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Yes, The First Amendment Protects Panhandling

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Americans should not have to beg government officials' permission to speak peacefully to others. Reed ensures that they need not do so. If this be free-speech absolutism, make the most of it.

Leaked Interior Ministry Memos Highlight Differences Within Egypt's Regime

James Dorsey | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
James Dorsey

This latest leak, contrary to past leaks, many of which were from within the military rather than the interior ministry and appeared designed to portray Mr. Al Sisi in a negative light and undermine his credibility, seems inadvertent.

Why We Need to Stand United Against Governments Cracking Down on Dissent

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

Across the world, civic activists are being detained, tortured and killed. The space for citizens to organise and mobilise is being shut down; dissenting voices are being shut up. In 2015, at least 156 human rights activists were murdered -- 156 that we know of.

You Can Be Religious and Also Defend Free Speech

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Halim Shebaya

The right to offend is inherent to the right to the freedom of expression. And it is high time for people to get over it.

Why These Men In The UAE Were Charged For An Online Dance Video

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.12.2016 | World

خبر اليوم: تم إلقاء القبض على اثنين من شباب الخدمة الوطنيه المتورطين في تصوير مقطع ...

Free Speech Can Be Offensive. Lebanon Should Get Over It.

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

A recent cartoon in a Saudi Arabian newspaper suggested that the Lebanese state is a joke. The cartoon showed a picture of the Lebanese flag captioned by the words "April Fool's."

New Jersey is Pushing Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Legislation Because No more Plausible Deniability

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Yolanda Rondon

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a non-violent political protest against Israel's policies and practices that violate the huma...

Civil Discourse Won't Fix the Trump Problem

Kai Degner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

I've become afraid I might have nothing to show my future children if they ask what I was doing to fight against a demagogue while he was approaching the presidency.

A Harsh Prison Sentence For A Novel Writer Has Egypt's Arts Community Worried

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.23.2016 | World

Egyptian writers, artists and activists are reeling over the lengthy prison sentence handed down to a well-respected writer last week in a Cairo court...

No Trade Without Freedom of Information

Christophe Deloire | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Christophe Deloire

Many countries, including Vietnam, have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Now that the TPP is sure to be a hot topic at the summit, President Obama must take this opportunity to make clear that the agreement's implementation cannot be successful without serious human rights improvements in the region. 

Democracy, Diversity, Dissent and Human Rights Necessitate Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

At the heart of the moral and political tensions depicted in Andrew Anthony's recent article in The Observer, 'Is Free Speech in British Universities ...

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2017 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

Adopt the University of Chicago Free Speech Statement

David Moshman | Posted 01.31.2017 | College
David Moshman

In July 2014 the president and provost of the University of Chicago, "in light of recent events nationwide that have tested institutional commitments ...

China Convicts Prominent Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang of Speech Violations While Nominated for Columbia 2016 Global Freedom of Expression Award

Cynthia L. Cooper | Posted 12.21.2016 | World
Cynthia L. Cooper

A court in Beijing convicted Pu Zhiqiang, one of China's foremost human rights lawyers, of crimes early on December 22, 2015 because of comments he po...