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Top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. Curated by Sampsonia Way Magazine
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Ai Weiwei Loses Appeal Over Tax Evasion Case

Ai Weiwei Loses Appeal Over Tax Evasion Case | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

The Chaoyang District Court has rejected Ai Weiwei’s argument that Chinese tax authorities had violated their own procedures when they raided his home studio last year under charges of tax evasion. He plans to continue the appeal.

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The Stories of 10 Famous Literary Exiles

The Stories of 10 Famous Literary Exiles | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

From Dante Alighieri to Victor Hugo to D.H. Lawrence, this list of writers who fled or were expelled from their home countries spans centuries.

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Russia: Yaroslavl Court Bans LiveJournal

Russia: Yaroslavl Court Bans LiveJournal | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

In a preview of the Internet Blacklist, law enforcement ordered the shut-off of several websites, including the popular blogging platform Livejournal earlier this week.

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Britain’s Half-Hearted Bid to Reform Libel Law

Britain’s Half-Hearted Bid to Reform Libel Law | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

U.S. author Rachel Ehrenfeld was punished by an “archaic” British libel law for her book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed—and How to Stop It. She appealed, and a new U.S. law was made to protect writers from “libel tourism.” There’s now a revised British libel law in parliament, but Ehrenfeld wonders if it does enough.

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Arab Spring Journalism Advances with Morsi Meter

Arab Spring Journalism Advances with Morsi Meter | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

A new site created by two young Egyptians tracks the new president’s completed campaign promises. The verdict on whether or not Morsi has completed his objectives will be crowd-sourced from visitors.

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Free Eskinder Nega!

Free Eskinder Nega! | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

“We call on President Obama and all world leaders to condemn Eskinder’s imprisonment, and to join… in denouncing the use of terrorism charges to jail journalists and others exercising their right to free speech.”

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What to Read Now: Migration Narratives

What to Read Now: Migration Narratives | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Whether seeking upward mobility and adventure, or escaping war, the characters in these migration narratives unsettle myths and demonstrate geography’s impact on identity. Read Here

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Russia Adopts Stringent Internet Controls Amid Censorship Concerns

Russia Adopts Stringent Internet Controls Amid Censorship Concerns | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

The Russian parliament has passed a bill increasing government control of the internet. The bill must now be signed by Vladamir Putin before it becomes a law.

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China in Ten Words by Yu Hua: Book Review

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua: Book Review | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

The Telegraph. Best-selling Chinese novelist Yu Hua writes a “grass roots” analyzation of his country using ten words for his subjects (e.g. revolution, writing, people, bamboozle). Part essay, part non-fiction, it will not be published in China.

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10 Items About Censorship

10 Items About Censorship | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

From Richard Wright to the Catholic church to recent numbers on the Shanghai stock exchange, here is a list of 10 tidbits about censorship that “some people might not want you to know.”

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Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama: China Celebrates by Cutting Comms in Tibetan Region

Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama: China Celebrates by Cutting Comms in Tibetan Region | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

China disabled both text messaging and internet access for two days in Ganzi prefecture, a Tibetan autonomous region in western Sichuan province.

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Burmese Days

Burmese Days | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

“Despite all the undeniable signs of progress, no one can yet claim that Burma is on an irresistible path to democracy.” Two new books: The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi and Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

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Rights Groups Flay Sri Lanka’s Bid to Defend Terror Campaign on Media

Rights Groups Flay Sri Lanka’s Bid to Defend Terror Campaign on Media | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

In a recent trip to Tokyo, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister claimed that media shut-downs and arrests are ‘justified’ as ways “to protect privacy and safeguard reputations.”

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Obscenity Trials in Turkey get Snuff'd

Obscenity Trials in Turkey get Snuff'd | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

In Turkey, the Ayrıntı Publishing House and the Sel Publishing House (which distributes the Turkish translation of former City of Asylum/Pittsburgh writer-in-residence Horacio Castellanos Moya’s She Devil in the Mirror) were on trial for obscenity, until the judge postponed the hearing until 2015.

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Silencing Pakistan's Minorities

Silencing Pakistan's Minorities | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

The Pakistani authorities are increasingly censoring websites run by religious minorities, while terrorist groups “enjoy a vast and unchecked web presence.”

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Face-blurring Comes into Focus for Journalists

Face-blurring Comes into Focus for Journalists | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Youtube has added a new post-production tool: Blur Faces. The tool still needs some tweaking, but is a valuable, free resource for journalists in regions where witnesses are punished for talking to the media.

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China’s ‘Fault Lines’: Yu Jie on His New Biography of Liu Xiaobo

China’s ‘Fault Lines’: Yu Jie on His New Biography of Liu Xiaobo | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

“A top public security official told me that if you write this you’ll be in big trouble. It’s the main reason I left China. I have a wife and ten-year-old child and couldn’t take the risk of hurting them.”

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American Imprisoned in Thailand for Translating Banned Book gets Royal Pardon

American Imprisoned in Thailand for Translating Banned Book gets Royal Pardon | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

After being detained for over a year, a Thai-born American has been pardoned of lese majeste charges that landed him in prison after he translated a banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Anna Politkovskaya Killing: Former Moscow Policeman Charged

Anna Politkovskaya Killing: Former Moscow Policeman Charged | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Six years after the murder of an investigative journalist, investigators have connected former Moscow policeman Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov with the crime and presented him with charges.

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In the Face of Censorship, #SudanRevolts Goes Social

In the Face of Censorship, #SudanRevolts Goes Social | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

While Sudanese state media does not report on the current protests, and independent media is censored in print and blocked on the internet, protesters are turning to social media to organize support, and disseminate information.While Sudanese state media does not report on the current protests, and independent media is censored in print and blocked on the internet, protesters are turning to social media to organize support, and disseminate information.

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Russian Feminist Punk Band Pussy Riot Go on Hunger Strike

Russian Feminist Punk Band Pussy Riot Go on Hunger Strike | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Charged with hooliganism after singing an anti-Putin song in a Russian church, three members of the band Pussy Riot have gone on hunger strike after what one said was an “unlawful” court ruling.

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The Bravest Theater in the World

The Bravest Theater in the World | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Six days after declaring a hunger strike Nabil al-Raee, artistic director for the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, was released from prison on bail, but remains under house arrest. Counterpunch profiles the Israeli army’s harassment of the theatre.

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TLC Home "Interview: Professor Mickey Huff Seeks Media Accountability with Project Censored"

TLC Home "Interview: Professor Mickey Huff Seeks Media Accountability with Project Censored" | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

“The mission of Project Censored is to teach students and the public about the role of a free press in a free society—and to ‘tell the News That Didn’t Make the News and Why.’”

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Defining the 'We' in the Declaration of Internet Freedom

Defining the 'We' in the Declaration of Internet Freedom | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Last week, a collection of Internet bold-faced names rolled out a Declaration of Internet Freedom, championing expression, access, openness, innovation, and privacy. But what does it mean?

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Postcard from Turkey: Criminal Trials of Major Publishers

Postcard from Turkey: Criminal Trials of Major Publishers | Free Speech Roundup | Scoop.it

Turkish publishers await a verdict for publishing “obscene” material: Works by William S. Burroughs and Chuck Palahniuk.

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