Scissors Radio


Scissors Radio (2014-2015) is the third activity of the “Shiva: Struggles against Censorship in Iran” project. This radio program consists of a series of podcast sessions, conducted in Persian, which explores and shares the various aspects of freedom of expression. In exploring the characteristics of freedom of expression, Scissors Radio addresses topics such the right to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and beliefs. Additionally, there are a few sessions that explore freedom of sexuality, and freedom of expression in the context of contemporary arts in today’s Iran.

The goal of this podcast series is to promote constructive and solution-based dialogues about the specifics of freedom of expression among experts and audiences. In doing so, this podcast series will bring together content and thoughts emerging from internationally recognized definitions of freedom of expression and the contextual realities of today’s Iran. Scissors, the name of this podcast series, symbolizes the interruptions that long years of censorship have caused in our understanding, scope and definitions of freedom of expression in today’s Iran.

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Episode 10: Freedom of Expression in Poetry

In the tenth (and final) episode of Radio Scissors, Tara Aghdashloo speaks about freedom of expression in arts, and in particular in poetry. She begins by providing a definition of freedom in poetry and in the process of writing in general. Tara addresses the limitations surrounding literature and poetry in Persian language. Further, she talks about the challenges of publishing books in Iran. Tara also speaks about the consistently evolving nature of censorship in a country like Iran, and the confusion that it creates for writers, poets, artists and others.
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Episode 9: Limitations of Freedom of Expression

In the ninth episode of Radio Scissors, Nargess Tavassolian speaks about the legal conditions and limitations of freedom of expression, both conceptually and in practice. She begins by providing definitions of three main limitations, along with critical conditions, that are embedded in the theory of freedom of expression. She presents a few international case studies in her talk in order to highlight these limitations in practice. Further, she talks about specific violations of freedom of expression in today’s Iran, while emphasizing the critical structural barriers of governance in the way of expression.
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Episode 8: Freedom of Expression in Arts

In the eighth episode of Radio Scissors, Nazanin Pouyandeh speaks about freedom of expression in arts. She begins by providing a definition of freedom in arts that varies for different artists. She further emphasizes on the distinction that exists between the absolute freedom that is embedded in the creation of arts versus the decision and the freedom to showcase a piece of art. Further, she talks about the status of arts in Iran, and the ways in which various artists experience cultural, social and historic limitations.
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Episode 7: Freedom of Expression in Arts (Cartoon & Caricature)

In the seventh episode of Radio Scissors, Mana Neyestani speaks about the basics of freedom of expression in comics, cartoon and caricature. In addition to discussing the definition of this critical aspect of freedom of expression, he addresses the conceptual and contextual limits of freedom of speech in humor, and cartoons in particular. Further, while giving a global perspective on this topic, he speaks about the situation of cartoons and caricature in today’s Iran, and the limitations that cartoonists face by limiting censorship laws and the subjective decisions of the authorities.
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Episode 6: Freedom of Information

In the sixth episode of Radio Scissors, Ehsan Moghaddasi speaks about the basics of freedom of information from a sociological and technological perspectives. In addition to discussing the definition of this critical aspect of freedom of expression in the 21st Century, he addresses the peculiarities of digital and internet censorship in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Further, he offers an analysis of various risks that the youth takes in today’s Iran to overcome the government-sponsored technological barriers in the way of free access to information
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Episode 5: Freedom of Assembly

In the fifth episode of Radio Scissors, Mohammad Ali Kadivar speaks about the basics of freedom of assembly from a sociological and conceptual perspective. He also offers a constitutional, sociological and political analysis of the status of freedom of assembly in the Islamic Republic. In doing so, he presents a historic timeline of various important uprisings throughout the history of the Islamic Republic ,such as the Green Movement.
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Episode 4: Freedom of Religion and Belief

In the fourth episode of Radio Scissors, Mani Mostofi speaks about the basics of freedom of religion and belief from a conceptual perspective based upon international law. He addresses the constitutional and legal status of freedom of religion and belief in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the ways in which constitutional and legal limitations surrounding this fundamental right come about.
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Episode 3: Freedom of Press

In this episode Mohsen Sazegara and Roozbeh Mirebrahimi discuss the definition and mechanisms of freedom of press. In this discussion, they address the role and critical importance of freedom of press for a functional democracy. They argue that that free press connects the various aspects of freedom of expression and democracy. Further, the two experts discuss the status and limitations of freedom of press in today’s Iran.
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Episode 2: Freedom of Speech

In the second episode of Radio Scissors, Ali Herischi speaks about the basics of freedom of expression and freedom of speech from a conceptual and legal perspective, primarily based upon the constitution of the United States. Further, he addresses the constitutional and legal status of freedom of speech in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the ways in which conceptual and legal limitations surrounding this citizen right emerge.
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Episode 1: Freedom of Expression

In the first episode of Radio Scissors, Mehrangiz Kar speaks about the basics of freedom of expression. Further, she gives a brief overview of the various elements of freedom of expression such as freedom of assembly and freedom of press from the perspective of international and domestic laws, as well as the socio-political circumstances of today’s Iran.
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Language

  • English
  • Farsi
  • © Siamak Pourzand Foundation, 2014