Crowdfunding helps fund freedom of speech around the world

July 17, 2015 – Palisades Park, NJ – Several recent events, including the international nuclear deal with Iran and the controversy surrounding the confederate flag in South Carolina have reinvigorated a conversation in the U.S. about the role of free speech in a just society. In this context, we are inspired by a Kickstarter trend of US based companies and artists celebrating free speech by sharing unconventional viewpoints with the rest of the world.

Here are a few of our favorite examples:

North Korea: In a country that has almost no communication with the outside world, an American tour agency specializing in travel to North Korea has created a campaign leveraging their connections in North Korea to create a “pen pal” program between North Korean citizens and other people around the world.

Iran: An Iran born artist from California is working to create a documentary about artists in Iran who risk their lives to produce their own unique art and music despite the fact that state-funded propaganda is the only art allowed on the streets.

China: While global media finds its way to Chinese viewers more easily every day, there is still a large amount of government control over what is allowed to be shown in movies and on TV.  Cinema on the Edge is raising money to bring the government-banned Beijing Independent Film Festival to New York City.

Just in case you haven’t quite had enough of the great flag debate — well you can find that there too!

USA: One  Kickstarter is sponsored by a community who wants to pay to remove a flag high above the city and the other who wants to create a new version of the flag to replace the more historical version.


About the company

Uri Tours is the largest provider of North Korea travel in the U.S. and the exclusive Sales and Ticketing Agent of Air Koryo in all of the Americas. They have been facilitating travel for Americans to North Korea for over 10 years. Visit for more information.

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