Category : Ruth’s blog

As we celebrate our 50th birthday, we know our work is far from done

alt informationIn 1971, writers and scholars came together with a vision to be a voice for the persecuted. That vision continues today

We defend the right to protest, even during a pandemic

alt informationDemonstrations by design are meant to disrupt normal activity and to annoy and irritate the establishment

Why what is happening in Hong Kong and Xinjiang is not an internal affair

alt informationPeople are being arrested, being disappeared and are dying on our watch

It is women who are paying the ultimate price for their beliefs

alt informationYoung protestors and reporters have given their lives in the past week in Myanmar and Afghanistan

Speech should be free but not of consequences

alt informationRather than genuinely tackling the thornier issues, we’re seeing calls for more regulations online as a quick fix

We need Andrei Aliaksandrau and 254 others in Belarus back home

alt informationLukashenko's government has doubled down by raiding the homes and offices of activists and journalists

Loujain al-Hathloul’s release gives everyone hope

alt informationThe women's rights activist has been released after 1,001 days in a Saudi jail but the struggle continues

The British Government has zero moral authority

alt informationThe UK cannot claim the moral high ground when it is preventing its own journalists from doing their jobs

Under cover of Covid, too many people have stopped paying attention

alt informationAuthoritarian leaders are restricting freedom of expression while we battle the pandemic

Behind Belarus’ shocking statistics are real people

alt informationThere are 187 political prisoners in Belarus. Each of them is a real person, with a family and a life

The week that tested the boundaries of free speech

alt informationA senator's book deal is cancelled, Donald Trump is removed from Twitter and a congresswoman wears a mask saying "censored" - never has a robust conversation about definitions of censorship been needed

Trump has dented the American Dream

alt informationThe US President has crossed the line between free speech and incitement and five people have died