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Welcome to the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015!

On January 24-25 we’ll be bringing together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from the many corners of the globe to explore the connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements around the world.

See the draft Summit program below, and stay tuned as we refine the schedule and locations.

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Sunday, January 25 • 12:00 - 13:00
Gagged in the Name of God & Country: Religion, Nationalism and Freedom of Speech

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In Bangladesh, bloggers face jail time for espousing “atheist” ideas online. Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority bans YouTube over the “Innocence of Muslims” video. In Venezuela, policymakers are propagating a cyber terrorism law that outlaws online speech contrary to “national ideals”. In this panel discussion, Global Voices authors speak on state censorship imposed in the name of religious and nationalistic sentiment in South Asia and Latin America.

Media Legal Defence Initiative attorney Nani Jansen, who has defended numerous bloggers and journalists imprisoned under laws like these, will moderate.

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Nani Jansen

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Nani Jansen is the Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Since 2011, she has overseen MLDI’s litigation globally, leading or advising on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights... Read More →

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Regional Editor, Global Voices
Editor @Globalvoices, @Ajplus. Blogger, Social Media Enthusiast, Translator, Amateur Photographer.
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Marianne Diaz

Acceso Libre / Global Voices / Creative Commons
Marianne Diaz is a lawyer, fiction writer and activist for digital rights, free culture and online freedom of speech in Venezuela. She serves as legal leader for Creative Commons Venezuela. She is also the co-founder and leader of the NGO Acceso Libre, and has been a volunteer blogger for Global Voices Advocacy since 2010. For many years now, Marianne has been documenting blockages and threats to online freedom of speech en Venezuela. In 2014... Read More →
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Sahar Habib Ghazi

Managing Editor, Global Voices
I help run the unique and borderless Global Voices community and completely virtual newsroom, where we cover 167 countries in 35 languages, through our stellar group of 1400 volunteer writers and editors. I am also on the board of Media Matters for Democracy, a media policy and research group in Pakistan. Before joining Global Voices in 2012, I worked as a journalist in Pakistan where I covered war, elections, natural disasters, and human... Read More →

Sunday January 25, 2015 12:00 - 13:00

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