Forbidden words

Khaled Khalifa, Geert Linnebank en Lieve Joris - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Khaled Khalifa, Geert Linnebank en Lieve Joris - foto Serge Ligtenberg

This summer the Syrian writer and film maker Khaled Khalifa again got to know the limits of the freedom of expression in his country. In praise of Hatred, his novel about the Syrian agression against the muslim brothers (25 years ago), was banned in Syria. In 2000 his novel The Gypsy Notebooks suffered the same fate. In this programme he talks to Lieve Joris, author of among other books The Gates of Damascus, about being a writer, censorship and freedom of expression and religion godsdienst in secular Syria and the Arab world. Interview by the London Reuters editor Geert Linnebank. In English.