In April 2020, the Index on Censorship magazine addressed topics from its latest edition in a podcast looking at the impact of complicity in relation to our rights to privacy, free speech and a free press.
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The Index on Censorship spring 2020 podcast features the Miami Herald journalist, Mary Ellen Klas, talking about being denied access to a press briefing in Florida on coronavirus and how reporting in the country under Trump has become even more difficult in the crisis. Moa Petersén, Senior Lecturer at Lund University, also discusses the Swedish microchipping phenomenon, while the journalist, Noelle Mateer, speaks about living in China amidst the widescale embrace of surveillance cameras.
Mary Ellen Klas - Capital Bureau Chief, Miami Herald
Mary Ellen Klas is the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald, where she covers government and politics and focuses on investigative and accountability reporting. Mary Ellen began her career as a business reporter for the Palm Beach Post and also worked for the Florida Trend magazine before joining the Miami Herald in 2004. She and her team's have won numerous prizes for investigative reporting, including The Society of Professional Journalists's Sunshine Award, the Harvard Shorenstein Centre's Goldsmith Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.
Noelle Mateer - Freelance Cultural Writer
Noelle Mateer has written for a number of outlets, including WIRED, The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, Deadspin, Vice, CNN Style, The Outline and Jezebel. Over the course of six years in China, she ran the culture desk at Caixin Global and worked as Editor-in-Chief of That’s Beijing, writing about China for ex-pats living in the country and English-language audiences abroad.
Moa Petersén - Senior Lecturer, University of Lund
Moa Petersén is a senior lecturer in digital culture, art history & visual studies at the University of Lund. In 2013, Moa earnt her doctorate for a thesis entitled Impure Vision: American Staged Art Photography of the 1970s, which investigated the changing relationship between photographer and camera.
Since then, Moa has continued to research the relationship between people and technology and has recently published articles and/or books on people who microchip themselves in Sweden and how the the plastic crisis is made visible through contemporary artistic visual representations.
Orna Herr - Tim Hetherington Fellow, Index
Orna Herr is an editorial assistant at the Index on Censorship magazine and its 2019-2020 Tim Hetherington fellow. She recently completed a master’s degree in journalism at Liverpool's John Moores University. After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (hons) in English in 2010, she spent some time travelling, staying on a kibbutz in Israel and backpacking through Australia.
Jemimah Steinfeld - Deputy Editor, Index
Jemimah Steinfeld has lived and worked in both Shanghai and Beijing, where she wrote on a wide range of topics, with a particular focus on youth culture, gender and censorship.
Jemimah is the author of Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China, which was described by the FT as “meticulously researched and highly readable”. She has also freelanced for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Vice, CNN, Time Out and The Huffington Post.
Before moving into journalism, Jemimah studied history at Bristol University and Chinese Studies at SOAS.
What role do we play in our own free speech issues? This is the question posed in the Index on Censorship magazine of spring 2020. From the journalists who self-censor and the academics who don’t stand up to their arrested colleagues to the average person who shares lots of data with a third party, we are all playing a role in giving away some of our basic rights, information and privacy. Whether we don’t realise we are doing it, we don’t have much other choice or we simply think the trade is worth making, we can all be complicit in letting our own rights erode.
Find out more about this edition of the magazine and its feature pieces by Nathalie Rothschild, Helen Lewis, Mark Frary, Stephen Woodman and Najwa Bin Shatwan at: https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2020/03/magazine-complicity/
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