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Nawal El-Saadawi – in memorandum

NAWAL EL-SAADAWI: A conversation about freedom, freedom of speech, democracy and elites in Egypt.

We in MODERN TIMES remember the recently deceased Nawal El-Saadawi with this newly made video by our editor Truls Lie, who was at her home in Cairo in 2011, during the unrest around the Arab Spring.
The visit to Cairo is also described here, with the report written when Lie worked at Le Monde diplomatique.
See also former MODERN TIMES editor Dag Herbjørnsrud's memorial words.

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Truls Liehttp: /www.moderntimes.review/truls-lie
Editor-in-chief in MODERN TIMES. See previous articles by Lie i Le Monde diplomatique (2003–2013) and Morgenbladet (1993-2003) See also part video work by Lie here.
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With spine and ethical compass intactNOTICE We need a media culture and a society built on accountability and truth. We do not have that today.
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