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Report from the IETM Brussels Plenary Meeting, 23 – 26 November 2017, Vassilka Shishkova

Public condemnation, prohibition from working, repressions, prosecution, trial and imprisonment, forced exile, ban for travel, economic censorship are mechanisms through which authoritarian regimes silence free speech and artistic expression. The cases of censorship from Turkey, Poland, and Iran revealed the graveness of the situation today. The speakers put the emphasis on the ways to fight back - by gaining wide public support, by being resilient but flexible, and most of all, by being courageous.

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