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.

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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... 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 also produce a podcast called Into the Deep with Lauren Finch, Global Voices... Read More →

Marianne Díaz Hernández

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →
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Regional Editor, Global Voices
Editor @Globalvoices, @Ajplus. Blogger, Social Media Enthusiast, Translator, Amateur Photographer.

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

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