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In the latest issue Spies, Secrets and Lies: How Yesterday's Censors and Today's Compare, we look at nations around the world, from South Korea to Argentina, and discuss if the worst excesses of censorship have passed or whether new techniques and technology make it even more difficult for the public to find out information.
Smuggling documents and writing out of restricted countries has helped get the news out, and into Index on Censorship magazine over the years. In this issue, you hear three stories of how writing and ideas were smuggled into or out of counties. Robert McCrum swapped bananas for smuggled documents in Communist Czechoslovakia; Nancy Martinez-Villarreal used lipstick containers to hide notes in in Pinochet’s Chile and Kim Joon Young tells of how flash drives hidden in car tyres take information into North Korea.
Also in this issue an interview with Judy Blume on over-protective parents’ stopping children from reading, Molly Crapabble illustrates a new short story from Turkish novelist Kaya Genç, Jamie Bartlett on crypto wars and Iranian satirist Hadi Khorsandi on how writers are muzzled and threatened in Iran. Don’t miss Mark Frary mythbusting the technological tricks that can and can’t protect your privacy from corporations and censors.
There’s also a cartoon strip by award-winning artist Martin Rowson,newly translated Russian poetry and a long extract of a Brazilian play that has never before been translated into English.
Index on Censorship is an award-winning quarterly magazine, featuring reportage, analysis and new creative writing from around the world. It has contributing editors worldwide. It was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. Over the years Index magazine has published some of the greatest names in literature including Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Samuel Beckett and Kurt Vonnegut. It also has published some of the greatest campaigning writers of our age from Vaclav Havel to Aung San Suu Kyi.
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