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  • Hate Speech and Censorship in America
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    Hate Speech and Censorship in America

    Alison Kibler talked about the history of hate speech and censorship in America. She spoke about images of Irish Americans and African Americans used in popular culture as well as the…

  • Banned Books
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    Banned Books

    Panelists talked about books that have been challenged because of the race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference of their characters. Panelists included Charles Brownstein of Comic Book…

  • Communicators Roundtable on Extremism and Social Media
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    Communicators Roundtable on Extremism and Social Media

    Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, and Alberto Fernandez, who previously headed up the State Department’s counter-messaging campaign…

  • State Department Daily Briefing
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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Mark Toner briefed reporters and responded to their questions on a variety of topics after a special briefing on the annual State Department terrorism report. Mr. Toner acknowledged that…

  • Washington Journal Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Headlines from the day’s newspapers were read and telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question: “Facebook: ‘Suppressing’ Conservative News?” The question was inspired by allegations…

  • Interview with Luther Campbell
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    Interview with Luther Campbell

    Luther Campbell talked about his book The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City, in which he talks about his involvement in the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew and the…

  • Washington Journal Martha Bayles on emThrough a Screen Darklyem
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    Martha Bayles on Through a Screen Darkly

    Martha Bayles talked by remote video from Boston about her book, Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, in which she argues that the ideas of freedom…

  • emEd Kennedys War VE Day Censorship and the Associated Pressem
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    Ed Kennedy's War: V-E Day, Censorship, and the Associated Press

    Next on American History TV, a discussion on World War II reporting and censorship, and the experience of Associated Press reporter Ed Kennedy. Kennedy was fired in 1945 after he defied a…

  • A Discussion on Publishing and Censorship in Iran
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    A Discussion on Publishing and Censorship in Iran

    Iranian author Mahmoud Dowlatabadi talked about the struggle to publish even non-politically motivated books in Iran (where he still lives) and the banning of his work by Iranian…

  • Open Phones
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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments on a new Google study that found the U.S. was number one on its list of countries that asked the search engine company to censor content.

  • emConsent of the Networkedem
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    Consent of the Networked

    Rebecca MacKinnon argues that Internet users' rights are being infringed upon by governments and corporations. The author points to the changes in Facebook’s privacy policies and the…

  • Was Communism A Threat to Hollywood
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    Was Communism A Threat to Hollywood?

    A portion of this program contains language that some may find offensive. Authors and journalists participated in a panel to debate the impact of communism on the film industry at the 2005…

  • emThe Net Delusionem
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    The Net Delusion

    In his book The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom Evgeny Morozov, contributing editor to Foreign Policy, argues that the Internet may do less to democratize states and more to maintain…

  • 2011 PEN Freedom to Write Lecture
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    2011 PEN Freedom to Write Lecture

    Nigerian author Wole Soyinka talked about censorship and “a writer’s purpose and responsibility in a climate of forced silence and intolerance.” The Sixth Annual Arthur Miller Freedom to…

  • Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents News Conference
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    Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents News Conference

    Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough spoke at a news conference about his removal of a controversial video from an art exhibit in November 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery.

  • Censorship and Political Correctness Panel
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    Censorship and Political Correctness Panel

    The members of the panel discussed controversies about books in which they had been involved and other incidents about political correctness issues. William Styron is the author of The Confessions of Nat…

  • emKaboomem
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    Matt Gallagher talked about his experiences in Iraq and the blog he wrote while there. The blog, which described what daily life was like for Lt. Gallagher and his platoon, was shut down by…

  • Communicators with Carter Phillips and Patrick Trueman
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    Communicators with Carter Phillips and Patrick Trueman

    Carter Phillips and Patrick Trueman spoke separately about the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision vacating the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy. The Court reviewed the…

  • Freedom to Write Lecture
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    Freedom to Write Lecture

    Author Christopher Hitchens delivered the 2010 PEN World Voices Festival’s Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. The lecture was titled “Crucibles: Past and Present.” A conversation…

  • Internet Regulation in China
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    Internet Regulation in China

    Executives with internet companies Google and Go Daddy testified before a federal commission that monitors civil rights abuses in China about problems they’ve had operating in that country. Both…

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