Boundaries of Expression podcast #FreeToProtest: Climate action

Boundaries of Expression podcast #FreeToProtest: Climate action - Civic Space

To mark the launch of our new international campaign on protest, the Boundaries of Expression podcast  will air four episodes focused on the experiences of individuals on the frontline, and at the heart of mass action and mobilisation around the world.

In the first episode of this special series on the right to protest, Jo Glanville and Nicola Kelly speak to activists about the risks they face fighting to protect the planet, in the lead up to the United Nations conference on climate change in Egypt, COP27.

We hear from Mona Seif, sister of the British-Egyptian political prisoner Alaa Abd el-Fattah, about the decision to host COP 27 in Egypt and what protesters can expect if they call for change.

In Kenya, we hear from environmental activist Raya Famau Ahmed who led a ground-breaking campaign, Save Lamu, that managed to stop the building of a coal-fired power plant in Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the south-east coast. We also hear from Eva Maria Anyango Okoth, a senior programme officer with Natural Justice in Kenya working with local marginalised communities to protect their environmental and human rights.


Produced and presented by Jo Glanville and Nicola Kelly.

Recorded and mixed at Bison Studios in London.


Jo Glanville is a journalist and editor. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, London Review of Books and the Observer, among other publications. She is editor of Looking For An Enemy: eight essays on antisemitism (Short Books, UK; WW Norton, US, August 2022).

Nicola Kelly is a journalist based in London. 


This is part of the Boundaries of Expression podcast series. Developed by guest editors, the series explores the limits and challenges to freedom of expression and focuses on some of the most controversial and divisive issues of our time.

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Listen to Silenced podcast series, telling the stories of journalists and activists around the world whose governments attempt to rein them in and cover up the truth. Maltese journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia and Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk are among Nicola Kelly’s guests.