Evolution of Censorship

Mona Eltahawy
Europe
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In a democracy, freedom of speech allows citizens to accurately judge the actions of their government—but this right is disrupted in authoritarian regimes. In Evolution of Censorship panel moderated by PEN International president John Ralston Saul, Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy, Brazilian journalist Fernão Lara Mesquita, Russian journalist and editor Gregory Shvedov, and Danish human rights lawyer Jacob Mchangama discuss recent developments in censorship,the importance of education in creating a culture that promotes free speech,and the role of social media in the battle for human rights.

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