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 DownMay 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 FirewallFebruary 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 PossibilityOctober 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 CollectorsAugust 2014
An Indian politician retaliates against religious offenses by compiling his own, even more blasphemous, thoughts on religion.
Dunya Mikhail: Flashed Through ExileJuly 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 TerrorMay 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 CensorshipApril 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 MariaApril 2014
The former member of the “Three Marias” on feminism forty years after the Portuguese Revolution, Facebook, and insubordination.
Writing in the Gray AreasFebruary 2014
Are some acts so revolting that the people who commit them do not deserve a hearing?
Playing FavoritesFebruary 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 CensorshipJanuary 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 KillingJune 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 NovelisticallyOctober 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 AuthorityOctober 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 MargaritaOctober 2012
Bulgakov's masterpiece remains a reminder that you can't fight fire with fire.
James M. Decker: Henry Miller’s Pyrrhic VictoryOctober 2012
Banned Books Week: Though Miller defeated censorship, his work was misunderstood and cartoonishly simplified
Katherine Paterson: The Risks of Great LiteratureOctober 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 BelovedOctober 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 RightOctober 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 AnonymousMay 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 BannedDecember 2010
Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.