Media Freedom Under Threat in Turkey

Turkish journalists say they are experiencing one of the worst media crackdowns in the history of the republic. Newspapers close to the president have fired journalists who have written critical articles about President Erdogan or the policies of his government, and there have been raids on the offices of media outlets supporting the opposition. The… Continue reading

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Why can’t tyrants take a joke?

Writing on the Al Jazeera website today, Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, asks why politicians and tyrants throughout the world can’t take a joke. ‘Why are powerful generals, murderous tyrants, and stuck-up theocrats so incensed when someone makes fun of them?’ He notes that a Malaysian cartoonist was… Continue reading

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Attack on media freedom in Paris

The murder of 12 people at the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7th has a bearing on several themes dealt with in the book. Responses by political elites, journalists, ordinary people and the producers of popular culture produced a wealth of primary source material almost overnight. Reporters Without Borders condemned the attempt by gunmen… Continue reading

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