Posts Tagged ‘ freedom of expression ’

Egyptian Photojournalist Convicted of Murder for Covering Protests in 2013

September 10, 2018
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Egyptian Photojournalist Convicted of Murder for Covering Protests in 2013

On September 8th, 2018, photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was convicted for murder and membership in a terrorist organization after his arrest in August 2013 while “documenting the government’s violent dispersal of protesters at Rab’a Al Adweya Square that killed over 1,000 civilians.” Shawkan is set to be released shortly, having already…

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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

April 25, 2018
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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was fined LE 20,000 following his third trial for “harming public morality” by republishing an excerpt from his experimental book Using Life (also known as Use of Life) in 2014. Naji was initially acquitted of these charges, but the prosecution was able to appeal the decision. Subsequently, Naji was convicted and…

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Pakistan’s First Professional Female Cartoonist on the Impact of Cartoons

April 28, 2016
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Sometimes the most poignant cartoons are those that subtly disclose social issues by depicting the everyday life of the common man and woman. That is the approach Nigar Nazar, Pakistan’s first professional female cartoonist, takes with her immensely popular and beloved comic strip, Gogi. But like many cartoonists around the world, even Nazar’s fun-loving strip has…

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2016 Freedom of Expression Awards Shortlist

April 12, 2016
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Freedom of Expression Award 2016

The shortlist for Index on Censorship’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards has been announced. An international organization dedicated to free speech around the world, the award celebrates the individuals who have challenged censorship and stood up for freedom of expression. Out of 400 nominations, 20 artists, writers, and activists have been picked for the award…

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Egyptian Author Goes Back to Court for “Harming Public Morality”

January 19, 2016
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Page from Use of Life

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji and newspaper editor Tarek e-Taher are going back to court to be retried for allegedly “harming public morality” just a few short weeks after being acquitted of the same charges. Naji and el-Taher were first brought to court last November after a 65-year-old man claimed that an excerpt of the author’s…

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Lawyer Challenges Egyptian Constitution over Racy Excerpt

December 15, 2015
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Ahmed Naji

This past weekend, Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji went to court to face charges that an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life violates decency laws. Naji is facing a two-year jail sentence and a 10,000 Egyptian pound ($1,245) fine, but Naji’s lawyer Nasser Amin isn’t making it easy for the prosecutors to defend their…

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Egyptian Novelist Sent to Court for Racy Excerpt

November 13, 2015
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Ahmed Naji

Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji faces up to two years in prison and a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $1,245) for the publication of an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life, which an Egyptian prosecutor considers too racy and a detriment to public health. In an article for ArabLit.org, Elisabetta Rossi explains that…

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Myanmar Cartoonists Caution Future Generations About the Obstacles of Free Expression

October 20, 2015
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In an interview with Dateline Irrawaddy, Burmese cartoonists Maung Maung Aung and Win Aung discuss the history of cartoons in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and what it means to be a cartoonist in the current media landscape. They also address the responsibility cartoonists have to to the maintenance of free expression. This year marks the 100th…

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Nominate a Defender of Free Speech for Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards!

October 14, 2015
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Freedom of Expression Award 2016

Index on Censorship, an international organization dedicated to protecting free speech around the world, has opened the floor to nominate artists, journalists, and other activists for the 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards. From the arts and journalism to campaigning and digital activism, the awards celebrate people who have tackled censorship and stood up for freedom…

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Cartoonists On The Front Lines: The Economist Cartoonist on Free Expression in Turkey

October 14, 2015
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Kevin Kallaugher

Award-winning political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher has shared his thoughts about United States’ society and politics in The Economist since 1978, but recently, he shared his concerns about the state of free speech in Turkey and the difficulty his fellow cartoonists have expressing themselves without fear of governmental repercussions. In a recent interview with Cihan new…

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