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Peter Pomerantsev

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Martin M. Šimečka

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Thierry Chervel

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Zygmunt Bauman

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Michal Hvorecký

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Oksana Zabuzhko

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Pascal Bruckner

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Adam Michnik

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Leonidas Donskis

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Robert Menasse

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György Konrád

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Anna Daučíková

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Tomáš Němeček

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Juraj Buzalka

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Vladimir Arsenijević

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Milena Bartlová

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Slavenka Drakulić

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Rudolf Chmel

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Jana Cviková

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Ulrike Ackermann

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Lajos András Bokros

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Anna Ermolaeva

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David Auerbach

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Eszter Babarczy

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Bertrand Ogilvie

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Ivan M. Havel

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Drago Jančar

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Giacomo di Girolamo

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Radka Denemarková

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Aitor Tinoco i Girona

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Miklós Haraszti

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Alison Klayman

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Andrzej Stasiuk

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Jens-Martin Eriksen

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Jiřina Šiklová

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Jáchym Topol

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Svetlana Žuchová

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Panel VIII: Protest

Monday November 19th, 2012

Milena Bartlová, Anna Daučíková, Anna Ermolayeva, Bertrand Ogilvie and Alison Klayman engaged in a lively discussion on the relationship between power and free artistic impression, as well as on love and censorship inspired by the Pussy Riot trial and chaired by Michal Hvorecký.

Panel VII: Love

Do old people deserve our love and respect was the subject of the grilling to which Svetlana Žuchová subjected Jiřina Šiklová.

Panel VI: Fear

In Panel VI, chaired by Jana Cviková, writers György Konrád, Radka Denemarková and Robert Menasse discussed about freedom and democracy and well as the causes of fear and ways of fighting it.