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Bollywood actresses from left, Siddhi Idnani, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, Adah Sharma and producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah during a press conference for the movie "The Kerala Story" in Mumbai, India, May 17, 2023.

Is the fictional film ‘The Kerala Story’ cautionary or propaganda?


“The Kerala Story” is a fictionalized film that has sparked debate in India. It’s about Hindu women being tricked into joining ISIS. The filmmakers say they are uncovering a hidden truth, while others say the film is exaggerated and divisive.

Leonardo de Carvalho Leal and Mayara Stelle administer the Twitter account Sleeping Giants Brazil, a platform for activism whose stated mission is to attack the financing of hate speech and dissemination of fake news, Dec. 11, 2020.

Will Brazil’s ‘Fake News Bill’ regulate disinformation or stifle free speech?

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Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is seen in an undated photo posted to his Twitter Dec. 25, 2021.

‘The torture of political prisoners is real’ in Uganda, says poet and free speech activist

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi holds a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan

New restrictive regulations in Egypt will shut down access to independent information, legal director says

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Red building in China with people in masks mingling in front of it

In Hong Kong, lighting a candle for Tiananmen victims is now a crime

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The US Constitution's first page

Americans are prone to reading Constitution as scripture, says legal scholar

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Regarding the Constitution as divine amounts to “constitutional fundamentalism,” according to one law professor.

People walk with a banner that reads: "Great Russia, Free internet".

The Russian government has even more control of the internet now


A law known as the “sovereign internet” bill came into force in Russia. It aims to tighten state control over the the internet, which free speech activists say will strengthen government oversight of the country’s cyberspace.

Equatorial Guinean illustrator and comics artist Ramon Nse Esono Ebale looks on in court in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Feb 27, 2018.  The prosecutor of Equatorial Guinea dropped all charges against Ebale because of 'lack of evidence'.

Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé finally released from jail in Equatorial Guinea


Charges against Ramón Esono Ebalé were dropped on February 27th. It wasn’t until March 8th that he was released from the infamous Black Beach prison in Equatorial Guinea.

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One of America’s most famous librarians says our battle over banned books is far from over


Nancy Pearl, badass Seattle librarian, has something to say about banned books: Read them.

Protesters gather to condemn the killing of university student Mashal Khan, after he was accused of blasphemy, during a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan, April 20, 2017.

Pakistanis say their government has ‘weaponized’ its blasphemy law


The lynching of a 23-year-old university student accused of blasphemy in Pakistan drew international condemnation in April. But pro-democracy and human rights activists say Mashal Khan’s killing is part of a much bigger problem.