An RSAA panel discussion with Mohsen Kadivar, Ramita Navai and Anoush Ehteshami.
This is the first in a series of events under the title Freedom of Expression, Knowledge and State Authority in Asia. The idea for the series was originally put forward by Dr Matthew Hedges and he has been closely involved in its developent. It has taken two years to bring the concept into reality. The series will address issues around freedom of expression in a number of Asian countries and in the context of some trans-national themes. Events will be roughly quarterly.
For this first event we look at Iran where questions about the nature of state authority and freedom of expression have loomed large since the Revolution in 1979. In recent months they have acquired new urgency.