Freedom After Expression
Freedom After Expression (2015) is the fifth and last activity of “Shiva: Struggles against Censorship in Iran” project. In the midst of political disputes and fragmentations within the Islamic Republic of Iran, the challenge of freedom of after expression becomes more prevalent.
The more moderate presidents and cabinets of the Islamic Republic seem to have the ability or the willingness to open up only minimal spaces in the larger scheme of the repressive political structure. These spaces, even if small and still limiting, are key to the creative growth of youth and others in the country. However, the moderate authorities do not even seem to have the will or the authority to guarantee the freedom of those who express themselves and their opinions in these nascent small spaces that emerge under their rule. This is a challenge that many journalists, bloggers, writers, artists and civil society actors face in today’s Iran.
Freedom of After Expression is a series of case studies of anonymous journalists, artists, and civil society actors who are called to court in the aftermath of publishing an article, posting their artwork online, establishing an organization, etc. These case studies aim to capture the legal rights that even the limiting laws of the Islamic Republic reserve for these individuals. The ultimate aim of these case studies is to help those active in Iran in the space of art and culture to know their existing, and not necessary ideal, legal rights in the Islamic Republic to better defend themselves when questioned or persecuted by the state.