In 1972, a New York Times article titled ‘Freedom of the Press’ featured a never-before-published introduction by George Orwell for his acclaimed satirical allegorical novella Animal Farm, published in 1945.
In his introduction, he declares that “intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist faces... and that does not seem to me to have received the discussion it deserves.”
Orwell wrote it at a time when publishers had rejected to print Animal Farm, fearing it would challenge the public's preconceived notions.
One wonders what George Orwell would make of today’s world, where social media trolls run rampant and non-mainstream voices and opinions are chastised and discredited.
Dissent on Gaza
In the aftermath of Hamas’s Al-Aqsa Flood attack on 7 October and Israel’s brutal retaliation, killing tens of thousands of Palestinians, including children, and targeting hospitals, the morality of the operation was questioned.
Soon after, a list emerged, initially thought to have been compiled by Palestinian and Arab activists, exposing ‘Arab Zionists.’