Tag: censorship

Ed Winstead: Tearing Down the Walls

March 2016

A new film takes a novel approach to Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset's life and legacy.

What If?

November 2015

The playwright and novelist on state censorship in Egypt, women in revolutions, and writing as an act of hope.

Jonathan Guyer: Punch Me Up, Punch Me Down

May 2015

Satirists and cartoonists working in the Middle East weigh in on PEN, Charlie Hebdo, and the meaning of free expression.

Sisi Wei: Reinforcing China’s Great Firewall

February 2015

In its latest effort to limit its citizens' access to unapproved information, the People's Republic is cracking down on VPNs.

The Arc of Possibility

October 2014

The longtime Beijing correspondent on the roots of dissent in Hong Kong, China’s “Me” generation, and the precarious expansion of Chinese civil society.

Aditya Mani Jha: Revenge of the Offence Collectors

August 2014

An Indian politician retaliates against religious offenses by compiling his own, even more blasphemous, thoughts on religion.

Dunya Mikhail: Flashed Through Exile

July 2014

The poet talks with Jeannie Vanasco about leaving Iraq, working around censorship, and the work she’s most excited about now.

A Nightmare of Violence and Terror

May 2014

The PEN Prize-winning writer on his four-year journey as an undocumented immigrant, the “prison” of literary Arabic, and imagining a new Iraq.

ProPublica: Weibo IPO Reveals a Company Struggling With Censorship

April 2014

Weibo, “China’s Twitter,” started offering shares on NASDAQ yesterday. Its regulatory disclosures reveal a company’s balancing act between censoring too much and too little.

The Third Maria

April 2014

The former member of the “Three Marias” on feminism forty years after the Portuguese Revolution, Facebook, and insubordination.

Writing in the Gray Areas

February 2014

Are some acts so revolting that the people who commit them do not deserve a hearing?

Playing Favorites

February 2014

If a company were to commit to decline all government censorship surveillance requests, it would be able to do business precisely nowhere.

Xiaolu Guo: Why Do We Still Pretend We Are Free?

January 2014

Free Expression: The writer and filmmaker on her encounters with commercial censorship.

Fawz Kabra: On Jowhara AlSaud’s Dual Censorship

January 2014

Free Expression: A studio visit shows how the photographer obscures her images in order to reveal.

Caroline Cooper: The Act of Seeing The Act of Killing

June 2013

A new documentary on Indonesia’s 1965-66 anti-communist genocide is taking the international festival circuit by storm. But in the country that most needs to see it, the film is underground, its crew largely anonymous.

Living Novelistically

October 2012

The famed writer on life as Joseph Anton, the problems of free speech, and the importance of telling the ‘goddamn truth’.

Sherman Alexie: The Value of Subverting Authority

October 2012

Banned Books: The acclaimed author speaks about what motivates his censors, self-censorship, and the value of stories.

Nathaniel Rich: Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

October 2012

Bulgakov's masterpiece remains a reminder that you can't fight fire with fire.

James M. Decker: Henry Miller’s Pyrrhic Victory

October 2012

Banned Books Week: Though Miller defeated censorship, his work was misunderstood and cartoonishly simplified

Katherine Paterson: The Risks of Great Literature

October 2012

Banned Books Week: The celebrated and banned children’s book author speaks with us about the fears of censors, the deaths of children, and what we need to risk for literature.

Lucy McKeon: Sixty Million and More: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

October 2012

Banned Books Week: This year, one Michigan school district tried to keep Morrison’s haunting narrative out of the classroom. A writer explores how Baby Suggs and Beloved teach us what we don’t learn in school.

Alice Walker: Writing What’s Right

October 2012

Banned Books Week: The author of The Color Purple (and one of America’s most censured writers) tells Megan Labrise about finding wisdom in the songs of ancestors, why her acclaimed novel won’t be translated into Hebrew, and approaching writing in a priestly state of mind.

Market Anonymous

May 2012

Author Misha Glenny discusses the escalating danger of cyber-crime, its impact on civil liberties, and why hackers should be nurtured for their creativity and skills.

Listen to the Banned

December 2010

Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.