Writing For A Cause: Writers On Censorship

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In the latest installment of Hugo House's occasional series, Writing for a Cause, Muatasim Qazi, Frederica Jansz, and Mike Lewis will read and speak on the more pervasive and subversive forms of censorship that occur.

Qazi and Jansz were granted asylum in the United States after being threatened and persecuted in their home countries of Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively. When they came to the United States, they discovered that there were no inroads for them in the journalism profession. Thus, they have been doubly silenced: first by force, and then by the marketplace.

Lewis, who spent most of his career as a reporter for the Seattle P-I, will talk about his experiences working as a journalist in the face of a waning appetite and market for long-form and investigative writing, and the many ways that the for-profit news industry has distorted and silenced the necessary work of reporters.

All three writers will touch on how to work around this sytem and discuss strategies on how to give voice to the voiceless.

This event is free and open to the public. The bar will be open.

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MUATASIM QAZI is a Pakistani journalist now living in exile in the United States. He is assistant editor for The Baloch Hal, an online newspaper which reports human rights violations and religious extremism in Balochistan and has been banned by Pakistani authorities.

FREDERICA JANSZ is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. The former editor in chief of The Sunday Leader, an English-language weekly in Sri Lanka, Jansz has been an investigative journalist for over two decades.

MIKE LEWIS is a freelance journalist and former reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and regional editor for Patch.com.
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By: Hugo House

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