On Censoring of Ted Talk


  • Maryam Namazie




Do I or do I not have the right to tell my story?

This is the question I asked at my 2020 talk on Creativity in Protesting Islamic Fundamentalism at TedX Warwick’s Creativity within Crisis event. Ironically, my talk on the censorship of ex-Muslims was itself censored by TedX, first by its refusal to publish the talk due to ‘political content’ and then by publishing after public pressure but without any slides – and the addition of a trigger warning: ‘Some viewers may find elements of this talk to be distressing or objectionable.’


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Author Biography

Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born writer and activist living in the UK. She is the Spokesperson of One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. Until recently, she hosted a weekly television programme broadcast in Iran in Persian and English called  Bread and Roses. During decades of activism work, Maryam has executive produced Women Leaving Islam and published The Woman’s Quran. She has organised Apostasy Day and Atheist Day, the largest gatherings of ex-Muslims in history, including at De Balie’s Celebrating Dissent; led a topless protests at Pride London in defence of LGBT rights; took part in a nude protest in defence of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She has initiated an International Day to Defend Amina and the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar 2012-2013, founded Iran Solidarity, and helped launch the Manifesto for a Free and Secular Middle East and North Africa. In 2006, Maryam signed signed a statement of 12 writers against Islamic totalitarianism with Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasrin and others. She has also fought against stoning laws and defended refugee rights, amongst others.

Dunissimo 3 (2007) by Houria Niati