Banned Voices preserves the stories of authors, editors, and publishers who have experienced censorship or persecution. We strive to be politically neutral, giving a platform for all kinds of thinkers from around the world and across the political spectrum to tell their own personal stories from their own perspectives. We are the official podcast of the Banned Books Museum, a museum in Tallinn, Estonia that preserves and exhibits banned, censored, and burned books from around the world.
Wangpo Tethong, on Tibet
Wangpo Tethong is the Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet Europe. In this episode we discuss Tibet, the Chinese occupation of the region, organisation of the Tibetan diaspora, and their use of technology to support the community and stay one step ahead of censorship.
Benedict Rogers, on Hong Kong
Benedict Rogers is the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Watch. In this episode we discuss the human rights situation in Hong Kong, the National Security Law, Rogers' own banning from the territory, and the efforts by Hong Kong Watch to improve the lives of people living in Hong Kong.
Abduweli Ayup, on the Uyghur People
Abduweli Ayup is the Director of Research at the World Uyghur Congress. In this episode we discuss the ongoing genocide against his people, and the attempted erasure of Uyghur culture and identity.
Enghebatu Togochong, on Southern Mongolia
Enghebatu Togochong is the director of the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center. In this episode we discuss the ongoing persecution of the Mongolian people in China.
Mohammed Almahfali, on Censorship in the Arabic Speaking World
Mohammed Almahfali, Ph.D, is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. In this episode we discuss his personal story of travelling from Yemen to Sweden, his expertise on literature of the Arabic speaking world, and of course censorship and book banning across the region and what kind of trends we see today.
Ulrika Ahlberg and Jude Chukwuma Dibia, on their Free Speech Library
Ulrika Ahlberg and Jude Chukwuma Dibia work at the Dawitt Isaak Library in Malmö, Sweden, a library dedicated to authors who have been censored, repressed, or forced into exile. We discuss our shared passion for the free exchange of ideas, and the similarities and differences between their library and the Banned Books museum.