freedom of expression

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U.S. condemns deaths, arrests in Iran

The U.S. supports the people of Iran and denounces the recent imprisonment of Iranians who were speaking out against government corruption.
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The world is watching Iran [infographic]

Take a look at what leaders around the world are saying about the recent protests in Iran.
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Using social media, Iranians fight for a better future

The Iranian regime cuts off internet access to shut down communication among the protesters. The world protests this tech censorship.
Illustration of seated person wearing headphones, beaming his message (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Podcasting on the rise

As podcasting grows in popularity, it has become a means of letting individual voices outside traditional media find a large audience.
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North Korean defector describes horrors of regime

Facing the worst of North Korea's atrocities, North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A risked everything to flee the country and share her story.
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Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
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3 cases that show what free speech means

These U.S. Supreme Court cases — about inciting crime, printing falsehoods and using obscenity — put Americans' belief in free speech to the test.
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America honors 100 million victims of communism

On the National Day for the Victims of Communism, the U.S. remembers the 100 million people killed by communist regimes over the past century.