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1We – all human beings – must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers.»
2We defend the internet and all other forms of communication against illegitimate encroachments by both public and private powers.»
3We require and create open, diverse media so we can make well-informed decisions and participate fully in political life.»
4We speak openly and with civility about all kinds of human difference.»
5We allow no taboos in the discussion and dissemination of knowledge.»
6We neither make threats of violence nor accept violent intimidation.»
7We respect the believer but not necessarily the content of the belief.»
8We are all entitled to a private life but should accept such scrutiny as is in the public interest.»
9We should be able to counter slurs on our reputations without stifling legitimate debate.»
10We must be free to challenge all limits to freedom of expression and information justified on such grounds as national security, public order, morality and the protection of intellectual property.»

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Free Speech in Burma!

Timothy Garton Ash is speaking at an unprecedented Literature Festival in Burma, including a panel specifically on freedom of expression.

Demonstrators hold posters during a peaceful protest against the Latbadaung Mountain Copper Mine project, in Yangon
Demonstrators hold posters during a peaceful protest against the Latbadaung Mountain Copper Mine project, in Yangon December 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Yangon is hosting the Irrawaddy Literary Festival 1-3 February 2013. Among others, Aung San Suu Kyi will be speaking at the event.

The ‘Writing under Censorship and the Future of Free Speech’  panel discussion will be chaired by Fergal Keane, with the speakers:  Timothy Garton Ash, Zarganar, U Ba Myint, Maung Maung San and Pe Myint.

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