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Freedom of Expression

'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

Amnesty International | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

By Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA and Gregory Nava, Writer-Director, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an...

Protests and Politics at the World Cup

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

While football players are throwing balls in the gates, holding million of peoples' breaths and flags in the air, protests against the World Cup in...

The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

There's Something Wrong in Ukraine: How Their Government Is Censoring the Voice of the People

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 06.30.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

On Trial: Judgement vs. Expression

Daniel Leighton | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

I struggled to write this article. I was imagining people scouring the article for every little thing I did wrong. I was constantly questioning the worth and validity of what I had to say. I'm still doing it as I write this.

#FreeHappyIranians and Bassem Youssef's Forced Retirement: Turning Apathy into Activism for Freedom of Expression in the Muslim World

Atif Choudhury | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

I completely respect anyone's right to object to the utility or even the permissibility of making such videos. Here's the thing: It's not the stance you take, but the way in which you articulate that stance which matters.

Arabic Online Media Ethics Guide Launched at Lebanon Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

All too often journalists and content producers make assumptions that can land them in court, in jail, or worse, in their own countries or while on assignment elsewhere.

Verbal Safe Haven

Lianna Serko | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."

Protecting Scholars of Art From Persecution

Allan E. Goodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Allan E. Goodman

Rescuing scholars of art guarantees that their voices will be heard and their artistic contributions preserved-- to be shared with future generations.

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

Razan Zaitouneh: Kidnapped!

Elham Manea | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elham Manea

The sectarian fighters on both sides do not want her Syria to prevail. Kidnapping her was meant to silence her voice. It is up to us to keep her voice alive in this mayhem. Do not give up on her Syria

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Internet Freedom Just for 4 Hours

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

Ragged by already tight regulations on the Internet, Turkey seems to suffer more since the new legislation allows government officials to block sites they deem violate personal privacy within four hours, without obtaining a court order.

Saudi Arabia: Free Raif Badawi

Elham Manea | Posted 04.16.2014 | Media
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is a Saudi intellectual and an editor of a liberal website. He faces the death penalty in his home country! His crime is "committing apostasy." Here is the catch. Badwai never renounced his religion, Islam.

Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

Why Courtney Love's 'Twibel' Lawsuit Is Good for the Internet

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Eugene K. Chow

Fear not, "Twibel" lawsuits are not an infringement of free speech per se, but rather the transferal of standards from more traditional media to Twitter and Love's libel case is the natural next frontier in the ongoing battle over free speech.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.

Every Country Should Have a Newseum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "new" (to me) Newseum offers an amazing array of displays and information in its airy galleries packed with information on America's history, geography, politics, international relations, and media-related technological advances.

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

Licensing AmmanNet's News Website

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

News websites in Jordan have been shaken up ever since the Abdullah Ensour government decided to enforce a controversial law that forces websites that...

Lebanese Press Syndicate Head Kicks Up Media Storm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.05.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Baalbaki resigned. Baalbaki didn't resign. "Baalbaki Forever" headlined the Maharat News website, saying that no sooner had the Lebanese Press Syndi...

Punishing Killers of Protesters should be applied to all

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

I believe it is a good idea for the US and other world countries to immediately stop aid to any country that shoots civilian demonstrators. This prin...