Adel Abidin makes art to create arguments. Freedom is an essential element to him and his work. Abidin is originally from Baghdad, Iraq but nowadays lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. How does freedom of speech differ between Finland and Iraq?Read more "Visual artist Adel Abidin: Seducing people to get involved"
World Press Freedom Day 2017 is held in Indonesia. The country was stripped of press freedom and freedom of speech during president Suharto’s 32-year-long regime, which ended in 1998.Read more "Shut up, speak up: Freedom of speech and press after three decades of oppression in Indonesia"
As a part of the World Press Freedom Day’s celebrations, there was a panel discussion held in Finlandia-hall about data protection and online censorship. One of the panelists was Marietje Schaake, who is a Member of the European Parliament and speaks behalf of internet freedom.Read more "MEP Marietje Schaake on online censorship: “Practice that we should not want to have”"
Photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Frédérique Cifuentes had worked in conflict-sensitive areas. She had not been afraid. “Of course there are threats but you have to be well-prepared.”Read more "Photojournalist and documentarist Frédérique Cifuentes: “You realize what freedom of speech is when you travel to conflict area”"
Nidhal Ghariani rediscovered his passion of drawing caricatures after the Tunisian revolution in January 2011. Ghariani thinks nowadays that Tunisia is like a baby who discovered the capacity of talking and expressing their needs and they won’t give up on their freedom of speech.Read more "Tunisian cartoonist: “Tunisia is like a baby who discovered freedom of expression”"
Journalists are facing hate speech all around the world and it seems there is hate speech more than ever. We asked journalists in the conference to tell about their experiences. Many didn’t want to share their personal stories – but all of them had a story to tell.Read more "Threats, accusations, name-callings – hate speech has many forms"