Episode 3: Freedom After Expression in Arts

In the third episode of Freedom After Expression, legal experts discuss the circumstances of artists in the context of their rights in the aftermath of the creation of their art. In this episode we hear about the legality of freedom of after expression, and the lack of it, in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Further, the legal experts present a socio-political history of the repression of arts and artists in contemporary Iran, while also highlighting the emergence of laws that would restrict an artist’s freedom after expression.

Mehrangiz Kar, Habib Farahzadi and Shohreh Sharifi
Mehrangiz Kar is an award-winning Iranian writer, scholar, attorney, and activist specializing in women's rights and family law.

Habib Farahzadi is a student activist and a law graduate from Tehran University. He is also a translator and a researcher. He was deprived from the university for three semesters, and was detained for a month due to his activism. His translations and writings have appeared in a number of publications available online. Subsequent to a jail sentence, he left Iran in 2012, and currently resides in the United States.

Shohreh Sharifi received her JD from Tehran University in 2012. Currently, she collaborates with a number of civil society institutions, focusing on human rights and technology.


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