Conference: Thought and Truth under Pressure

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This event was held March 22th 2023; a conference on current threats to public discourse, freedom of speech, and democracy. The conference brought together writers, thinkers and scientists from across the world who grapple with the challenges posed by threats to freedom of thought and expression. Organizers and moderators were the Academy members Ingrid Carlberg and Åsa Wikforss.


Timothy SnyderWhat is the meaning of freedom of speech?

Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu – In Eritrea, being a writer is not a right but a crime.
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Cathrine Thorleifsson – Mimetic Fascism: the drivers of dehumanization in the digital age.

Sofi Oksanen Russia’s war against women.

Peter Pomerantsev – Propaganda for good? The democratic response to the disinformation wars.

Arundhati Roy – Approaching Gridlock - Free Speech and Failing Democracies.
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