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Censorship and Hate Speech in Ethiopia

In this text, journalist and author Bisrat Woldemichael discusses the challenges that the freedom of expression is facing in the newly democratised Ethiopia. As hate speech is highly spreading in the...
Text: Bisrat Woldemichael May 03 2019
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Journalism in Ethiopia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Woubshet Taye Abebe is an Ethiopian journalist and writer. Prior to being convicted, along with three other journalists, under the Ethiopian terror act in 2011, he served as editor-in-chief of the...
Text: Woubshet Taye Abebe May 03 2019
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The Testimony of a Political Prisoner

Venezuela still has a long way to go concerning LGBT rights. For example, Venezuelan law does not recognize same sex marriages or partnerships. When Rosmit Mantilla, politician and LGBT activist,...
Text: Cristina Raffalli January 22 2019
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On Fascination

“How is it possible that the greater the amount of nonsense the more passive is my spell state?” asks the Venezuelan writer and architect Federica Vega in his essay where he explores how a fascination...
Text: Federico Vegas January 22 2019
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The Censor’s Evil Dream

In February 2018 a delegation from PEN International visited Caracas to examine the state of the freedom of speech in the country. The outcome of this visit is a report by the Mexican writer and...
Text: Alicia Quiñones January 22 2019
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Waking up to Everyday’s Nightmare

Amnesty International reports that in Venezuela between 2015 and June 2017 more than 8 200 people were executed without trial. In his text the Venezuelan writer and editor Héctor Torres describes the...
Text: Héctor Torres January 22 2019
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“I Came Here to Remind You that Our Freedom Ends”

In February 2018, the journalist and chairman of Venezuelan PEN, Milagros Socorro received Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression. Here, we publish her moving acceptance speech.
Text: Milagros Socorro January 22 2019
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Role of women in Iranian science fiction and fantasy

Over the last two decades, the publication and sale of science fiction and fantasy literature has increased significantly in Iran. For a long time, these books have more or less only involved a male...
Text: Mina Talebli November 29 2018
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Go back to your house

The author, publisher and critic Fereshteh Ahmadi’s states in her essay that “vagueness” is a keyword for the understanding of contemporary stories by Iranian female authors. What is the situation for...
Text: Fereshteh Ahmadi November 29 2018
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PEN International Women’s Manifesto

On International Women’s Day, 8 th March 2018, PEN International launched a historical women’s manifesto as a part of PEN’s effort to combat the silencing of female authors. The manifesto was...
Text: PEN International November 29 2018
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When we become silent

In later years, violations of citizens’ and political rights have escalated dramatically in Bangladesh. Media is increasingly under pressure and the authorities fail in the protection of minorities,...
Text: Supriti Dhar November 29 2018
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What's at stake

Attila Mráz, expert on political liberties, writes about the challenges facing social and critical Hungarian NGOs at the time of the general election campaign.
TEXT: Attila Mráz March 13 2018

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