Visionaries Online Series

The Visionaries online series features conversations with changemakers who, often at great personal risk, defend free-expression rights in today's increasingly complicated digital world. All events are free, with suggested donations.


Chapter 5: Music against Vietnamese censorship

Julie Trébault, director of PEN America's Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) program, spoke with Vietnamese pop-star-turned-dissident Mai Khoi, 2022 Four Freedoms Award laureate for Freedom of Speech, in this installment of Visionaries.

They discuss Mai Khoi's use of her fame for free-expression advocacy, her difficulty in moving into exile during the pandemic, and the pressure to continue her advocacy, given how far she has come.


Mai Khoi was honored with the 2022 Four Freedoms Award for Freedom of Speech on April 21, 2022. Read our celebration of her honor.

Visionaries: Mai Khoi and Julie Trébault
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Chapter 4: Defining the African media landscape

Visionaries: Zoe Titus and Wallce Chuma
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The two speakers in this discussion were Zoe Titus, fierce advocate for media freedom in Africa, and Wallace Chuma, associate professor of media studies at the University of South Africa.


They discuss her career from rookie journalist to director of Namibia Media Trust; the codification of laws protecting free speech and media freedoms across the African continent; and the incredible impact a single, diligent person can make in the world.

Do you have any lingering questions after watching the discussion? Read our follow-up blog post about the competition between traditional media houses and nonprofit, advocacy newspapers; and the need to vigilantly fight for free expression rights to protect them.

Chapter 3: Justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese writer, journalist, blogger and anti-corruption activist renowned for her relentless investigative reporting on government corruption, money laundering and other types of government malfeasance and criminal activity.

On October 16, 2017, she was murdered by a car bomb, and four years later the public inquiry into the murder found the government of Malta legally responsible.

Join International Free Expression Project Founder and CEO Greg Victor in conversation with Corinne Vella, who advocates for free expression and justice in her sister's death as Head of Media Relations at the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.

Visionaries: Corrine Vella and Greg Victor
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In this episode of Visionaries, learn about the discreditation campaign waged against Daphne both before and after her death, the level of impunity in Malta leading to–and continuing after– her death, and how the Foundation advocates for Daphne and the safety of all investigative journalists internationally.

Chapter 2: Free speech and gender rights in Uganda