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Josh Neufeld Named Ambassador of Free Expression

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Josh NeufeldThe U.S. State Department has named Josh Neufeld, Ambassador of Free Expression.  Neufeld is the writer of author of A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge which chronicled his work with the Red Cross post Katrina.  His role will send him on a three week tour of North Africa and the Middle East where he’ll show off “cultural freedoms of American society.”

Neufeld told the Washington Post:

The State Department invited me “specifically because of the Katrina book, which is blatantly so critical of the government,” Neufeld tells Comic Riffs of his comics reportage. “The program brings in cultural figures who disseminate [this message] — the State Department is proud of that freedom of expression. … They bring me over as a statement of how our civil society welcomes voices of dissent in all forms.”


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  • Hey, thanks for the shout-out on your blog — much appreciated.

    I just want to correct one thing, though. Although it’s true that the U.S. State Dept. sponsored my recent three-week, four-country tour of North Africa and the Middle East, I am most definitely not an official Ambassador. (As far as I know, there is no title “Ambassador of Free Expression.”)

    I am merely an artist who was generously given an opportunity to share my work and views with people from other countries. If that happens to promote ideas of free expression and the workings of a healthy civil society, than that is wonderful. But I was not traveling under any kind of “official” capacity with the State Dept. and I was free to say whatever I wanted at all times. Thanks again.

  • Whoops! For some reason the comment above registered me as Sari Wilson (my wife). That was actually me, Josh Neufeld. Thanks again!