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Theme: Hatespeech

Editorial

When Hatred Becomes the Air We Breathe

What is hate speech? Hate speech differs from any other use of language since it is used only to threaten, silence, and...

Text: Casia Bromberg September 17 2020
Article

A snapshot of Rwanda’s Genocide Law

Has the historically weighty Rwanda Hate Speech Genocide Law, intended to thwart hate speech in Rwanda, transformed into a tool now used against dissidents in the country? The Human Rights lawyer...

Text: Louis Gitinywa September 22 2020
Poetry

Four poems from Hong Kong

Matthew Cheng — poet, critic, and editor of the magazine Voice and Verse. He has published three collections of poetry and is the co-author of Wait and See, an anthology of poetry by six young Hong...

Text: Matthew Cheng September 17 2020
Article

Fighting with words

“I explained as thoroughly as I could that one of the words was the name of my lands, the other of my hometown, and that Newroz is a festivity that Kurds have celebrated for thousands of years. At...

Text: Nurcan Baysal September 17 2020

Theme: Corona and the threats to freedom of speech in the name of the pandemic

Editorial

Who is Dancing in the Shadow of Corona?

Who is Dancing in the Shadow of Corona? Perhaps I have never been so thoroughly reminded of my privileges as I have been...

Text: Casia Bromberg June 10 2020
Article

New perspectives on free expression in Turkey during Covid-19

In Turkey during the pandemic hundreds of students have been forced to move back home to their families, entailing a risk for those who have other values than their parents or are otherwise exposed in...

Text: Zeynep Serinkaya Winter August 12 2020
Article

The new face of censorship

Self-censorship creeps up on and moves into the spines of journalists who work for free expression. When the threat is indirect – Slovenia’s journalists and writers can be published without risking...

Text: Tanja Tuma July 28 2020
Poetry

Two poems by Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir

In the poem “A bird clock” the Icelandic poet Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir speaks to us from an unknown place far away. The poem becomes a personal meditation on the interaction of the quiet moments of...

Text: Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir July 21 2020
Article

Self-reflections in 2020

“..I remember an early test report where a psychologist said: ‘Brian would rather be given a hiding than be ignored." Duuh! Wouldn’t everyone? Long before words like social distancing and self...

Text: Brian Carmichael July 13 2020
Feature

A letter from Poland

“Ever since power in Poland was taken over by Law and Justice, we are increasingly giving our support to organizations or initiatives that do not have state support, but which for many people become...

Text: Wiola Wejman June 29 2020
Article

A Pandemic of Mutual Mistrust

How does one handle an epidemic when conspiration theories are given space in national television and when politicians and doctors alike deny the existence of the virus? Liza Aleksandrova Zorina...

Text: Liza Alexandrova-Zorina June 23 2020
Poetry

Two poems by Arinda Daphine

With her politically loaded texts the performing poet and social justice lawyer Arinda Daphine calls for action. She wants to awaken her audience and contribute to change in Uganda — a country...

Text: Arinda Daphine June 16 2020
Article

The Pandemic Has Totalitarian Powers Thriving

In the wake of the pandemic, China’s oppression of its people is intensified: to warn one’s family on facebook about the magnitude of the spread of the virus may accrue a citizen high fines or cost...

Text: Ye Lin June 10 2020
Article

Amidst occupation and pandemic, Kashmir gasps for breath

For the Kashmiris in India the word azadi (liberation) has a highly specific meaning. It is associated with the historic repression of the country by the Indian administration since the takeover of...

Author: Umar Lateef Misgar June 10 2020

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