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Shining the Light: Journalism in Times of Tyranny

Join us on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 7 p.m. for an online discussion about the situation for journalists in Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar, and Nicaragua. Featuring three journalists who have received help from ICOA and a representative of PEN America. In recognition of Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2).

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Censorship panel features Pedro Molina

Pedro X. Molina, an acclaimed political cartoonist and a leader in Nicaragua’s opposition-in-exile, will take part in an Amnesty International USA panel on censorship and press freedom on Tuesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. EDT. Pedro, who was ICOA’s seventh artist-in-residence, is now an Artist Protection Fund Fellow at Cornell.

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Pedro Molina speaks to The World

ICOA’s most recent artist-in-residence spoke with the public radio news program The World on June 25 about the troubled state of journalism and democracy in Nicaragua. He also spoke about his own situation as a dissident in exile.

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For Giving is Gorges, support creative expression without fear

Welcoming at-risk writers and artists from around the world takes a community-wide effort. On June 23, show your support for ICOA during Giving is Gorges, a special day of fundraising for local nonprofits.

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PEN America launches free speech campaign

PEN America, an important partner of Ithaca City of Asylum, has launched a campaign called Free Speech 2020 to “catalyze action across the country to defend press freedom, fight online harassment, combat disinformation, and uphold protest rights.” The initiative seeks…

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Release of Myanmar journalists hints at power of public attention

We were thrilled to learn that Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed on May 7 after more than 500 days in prison in Yangon. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists had been sentenced to seven years in detention for…

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“Journalism in an Age of Despots”

Ithaca City of Asylum writers-in-residence featured at 2019 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival With a theme of “Disruptions,” FLEFF 2019, hosted by Ithaca College, explored ideas of sustainability across all its forms, including the political, the cultural, and the aesthetic—and…

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