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Friday 22 August  
Free speech

Free speech

Seen as one of the most precious of human rights, freedom of speech is never absolute. The right to speak freely without censorship is subject to limitations in every country, as this series of articles and videos shows.

Article: Surveillance a fact of life for journalists in Morocco

Morocco adopted a new Constitution last year in which freedom of expression and press freedom featured prominently. But, as our correspondent Ellen van de Bovenkamp knows from personal experience,nothing much has changed. She describes her...

Article: Freedom to hate?

RNW works together with correspondents around the world. Some of these journalists work in countries where the concept of free speech is viewed very differently from the European ideal. In our summer series “The limits of free speech...

Article: Cuban rock: protest with limits

Rock music has always been a vehicle to express social and political rebellion, and that’s also true in Cuba. Cuban rockers do have to tailor their rebellion to stay inside the limits of what the authorities will accept, but those...

Article: Comrade Fatso sings up for Zimbabwe

RNW is in the process of shifting its focus to promoting freedom of speech in regions where this is under threat. So this summer we’re publishing a series of portraits of men and women around the world who have stood up for the right...

Article: Taking sides: reporting from a polarised country

RNW has a network of correspondents around the world. Some of these journalists work in countries where press freedom is severely restricted. In our summer series “The limits of free speech”, a number of reporters describe...

Article: South Sudan "just muddling through"

One year after independence, morale is still high in South Sudan. But initial hopes for rapid progress towards development, establishment of human rights and economic prosperity have faded. "It is as if the war never stopped",...

Article: Iran seizes father for son's Facebook posts

An Iranian student in the Netherlands says his satirical posts on Facebook have led to the arrest of his father in Iran. Yashar Khameneh fears his father will be executed. ‘I never thought they would lay a finger on him,’...

Article: Radio Netherlands says goodbye to Indonesia

Radio Netherlands Worldwide has presented a symposium to wish its audience in Indonesia farewell. On 1 July, RNW’s Indonesian radio broadcasts will cease and its Ranesi website will be wound up. Work is being done, however, on the...

Article: Demonstrating in Russia: a costly business

If you want to demonstrate in Russia in future, you’d had better watch out. You're very likely to get landed with a hefty fine. Next Tuesday, the first big demonstration is to due take place since statutory changes were introduced....

Article: Going to jail just to get a laugh?

Politics, sex and religion: the key ingredients of satire, jokes and cartoons around the world. But beware; you have to watch what you say. Woe unto anyone who transgresses the unwritten rules.

Video highlights

Tunisian rappers fear return of internet controls
Internet was one of the things liberated by Tunisia's 2011 revolution....
Ha ha ha...how funny
The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from...
Muna Shirwa: addicted to a certain type of sadness
The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from...
Jennifer Perez: with silent understanding
The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from...