Writers and artists are especially vulnerable to censorship, harassment, imprisonment and even death, because of what they do. They represent the liberating gift of the human imagination and give voice to thoughts, ideas, debate and critique, disseminated to a wide audience. They also tend to be the first to speak out and resist when free speech is threatened.
Julian Burnside QC speaks to a panel of writers who are all too familiar with the fight for free expression, including Xu Zhiyuan, described by artist Ai Weiwei as ‘the most important Chinese intellectual of his generation’, Indian authors Samanth Subramanian (This Divided Island) and Deepti Kapoor (A Bad Character), and North Korean dissident Yeonmi Park (In Order to Live). Introduced by ICORN ambassador Anna Funder.