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Russia: Razz Putin

Political satire is thriving in Russia because many Russians aren’t BY Marc Bennetts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual “direct line” conversation with the nation was still going strong when the joking began on social media. “Question: ‘Everyone has had to make cuts to their household budgets recently. What have you cut spending on?’ Putin: ‘On

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Closures and Court Cases Leave Turkey’s Media Increasingly Muzzled

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, April 13 – Metin Yilmaz, editor-in-chief of the Sozcu newspaper, one of the most outspoken critics of the government in the Turkish media, says he is weighing his words more carefully these days. Framed front pages adorn Sozcu’s office walls in testament to its status as a bastion

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Egypt Jails Author For Two Years Over Sexually Explicit Novel

CAIRO, Feb 21 – An Egyptian court has sentenced an author to two years in jail for public indecency after excerpts of his sexually explicit novel were published in a literary newspaper. A chapter from Ahmed Naji’s novel Istikhdam Al Hayat, or Using Life, was serialized in a state-owned literary newspaper and a case was

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Shattered Promises

Iranian filmmakers excel abroad despite theocratic censorship back home BY Roshanak Taghavi When Ayatollah Khomeini ascended to power in the aftermath of Iran’s 1979 Revolution, he promised people a new paradise on Earth: social and economic prosperity, freedom of expression for everybody, and a strong, independent nation. Amidst an atmosphere of war with Iraq and violent

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Israel Shuts Down Third Palestinian Radio Station This Month

By Maher Abukhater Ramallah, Nov 29 – Dozens of Israeli soldiers raided a radio station in the middle of the Palestinian-controlled city of Hebron, in the south of the West Bank early Sunday and ordered it shut down for six months, according to radio officials. The closure order for Radio Dream is the third against

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Arundhati Roy Joins List of Writers, Scholars To Return Indian Award

BY Staff Reporter Booker Prize author and activist Arundhati Roy joins a list of Indian scholars, intellectuals and filmmakers who have returned their awards, or resigned from their organizations, to protest “the growing intolerance” in the country. The prize winning author of “God of Small Things” Roy said she would be returning her National Award

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