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THE ONLY WAY TO COUNTER REPRESSION IS BY REVEALING IT.

-Ahmed Mansoor

An engineer, poet and father of four, Mansoor is the United Arab Emirates’ most celebrated human-rights activist. In 2018, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is being kept in solitary confinement.

About the Exhibit

IFEX launched its “Faces” campaign to encourage people to defend free expression by sharing the stories of some who do — people who work to secure the right to information, or make it safer for journalists to do their jobs, or expand room for civil society, or ensure accountability for crimes against freedom of expression in all its forms. Their tenacity and sacrifice are an inspiration.

Those honored in this exhibit have made significant contributions to the cause, but they are part of a much broader global struggle. It is hoped that their stories draw attention to the countless individuals and organizations around the world that work to promote and defend freedom of expression and information, often below the radar, and far too often under threat.

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A Marketplace of Ideas

IFEP is designing an immersive hub that connects people through the power of originality. Located in the Pittsburgh Press room, visitors will be treated to interactive exhibits, maker spaces, an art market, and food and beverage offerings that create the world’s largest kitchen table. 

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WE ARE JOURNALISTS, AND WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED. WE WILL SHINE THE LIGHT. WE WILL HOLD THE LINE. 

-Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is a tenacious Filipino-American journalist who faces 100 years in prison for exposing corruption in the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. A #HoldTheLine coalition of 80 organizations and activists, including IFEP, is campaigning to elevate her efforts.

A Center for Collaboration

This exhibit is in collaboration with IFEX, a diverse, global network of over 100 non-governmental organizations connected by a shared commitment to promote and defend the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. As we develop our Marketplace of Ideas, it will become our launch pad for partnerships beyond borders. 

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THERE ARE CROOKS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK NOW. THE SITUATION IS DESPERATE.

-Daphne Caruana Galizia

This was Caruana Galizia’s final blog post before she was murdered in 2017. A passionate, probing and fearless investigative journalist, she paid the ultimate price for exposing corruption in Malta. 

Thank you to those who have made
this exhibition possible.

DiCicco Development Inc.

Catherine and Donald Augenstein

Henry John Simonds Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Block Communications Inc.

William W. Victor

John Oller

Jill and Norbert Buelsing

Arthur Beeman and Cate Elsten

Rekha Shukla

Faces illustrations by Florian Nicolle / © IFEX
Marketplace renderings by Max Winters and Christopher Ruane / © IFEP
Mai Khoi photo by Hannah Phillips (Piper Creative) / © IFEP
Svetlana Alexievich photo by Ulf Andersen / © Getty Images
Jamal Khashoggi illustration by Daniel Marsula / © IFEP
Exhibit design by Daria Locher, IFEP creative coordinator
Murals by Alphagraphics Pittsburgh

The Artist Behind Faces

Florian Nicolle was commissioned by IFEX to create the illustrations for Faces of Free Expression. He is a digital artist and freelance illustrator whose work communicates kinetic freshness and spontaneity using layers of newsprint, watercolor, pencil, and digital painting. Nicolle’s work also has been commissioned by brands such as Nike, Adobe, Warner Brothers and ESPN. Both his commissioned and personal work can be found on Behance.

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