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What’s going on in Myanmar?

Posted: 1 Oct 2014

With 13 months remaining before general elections in Myanmar, defending freedom of expression and information is more critical than ever. Like all transitional processes, it's a complex, contradictory and confusing situation. Here’s a snapshot of what ARTICLE 19’s office in Yangon has been seeing on: Government engagementConstitutional changeParliamentary…

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Attacks against journalists violate the rights to freedom of expression and information for all people

Posted: 25 Sep 2014

At a side event organized by ARTICLE 19 during the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, I had the opportunity to talk about the issue of impunity for media killings in my country.  Since democracy was restored to the Philipines in 1986, there have been 145 journalists killed in the country because of their work.  Of those 145, there…

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Post 2015 and the Right to Know

Posted: 19 Sep 2014

In July, many of us celebrated the Outcome Document of the Sustainable Development Open Working Group which recommended a set of goals and targets that…

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The UN must protect Malaysia’s minority voices

Posted: 17 Sep 2014

During the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Ireland, together with Chile, Japan, Sierra Leone and Tunisia, will table a resolution to protect…

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Interview with Gregory Shvedov, Editor-in-Chief of Russian online news portal Caucasian Knot

Posted: 12 Sep 2014

Gregory Shvedov is the Editor-in-Chief of Caucasian Knot, an independent online news medium that provides information on human rights violations and political…

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Freedom of expression central to vision of new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Posted: 8 Sep 2014

The 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced today, with standing room only for the opening address of the new UN High Commissioner…

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Interview with the maker of ARTICLE 19’s new film, Journalists under Attack, Svetlana Svistunova

Posted: 5 Sep 2014

Svetlana Svistunova, a Russian journalist, human rights defender and a film-maker, has made more than a dozen documentaries on human rights violations…

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ARTICLE 19 at the UN: What is at stake for freedom of expression?

Posted: 3 Sep 2014

For three weeks this September, the UN Human Rights Council will meet in Geneva to act on some of the most pressing human rights challenges facing the…

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Mexico: Government reports that violate human rights

Posted: 29 Aug 2014

Leer en Español / Read in Spanish On 2 September, President Enrique Peña Nieto and seven Mexican State governors will present their 2014…

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Kazakhstan: How ‘forgiveness’ can chill freedom of expression

Posted: 24 Aug 2014

Whenever our journalists get in trouble with the law, for example when they face criminal charges or when they are imprisoned, I try to imagine if the…

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Dagestan: ARTICLE 19’s interview with Biyakay Magomedov

Posted: 18 Aug 2014

Biyakay Magomedov, 37, is the editor and a co-founder of Chernovik, one of the few independent newspapers in Dagestan, in North Caucasus, Russian Federation.…

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Ferguson is only the tip of the iceberg

Posted: 15 Aug 2014

The recent events that have taken place in Ferguson, Missouri are further evidence of the level of vulnerability in which the rights to free expression,…

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Timur Kushaev, a talented young man from the North Caucasus, has been murdered

Posted: 11 Aug 2014

(Originally published by Caucasian Knot on 1 August 2014 By Magomed Multsulgov and translated by Dona Karimova)According to various sources between seven…

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Independence Aqueduct: clear water, murky hands

Posted: 6 Aug 2014

Resource exploitation is undoubtedly an area where there is a great lack of transparency. The authorities consider consultation to be an inconvenience.…

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Revenge porn: All your questions answered

Posted: 31 Jul 2014

What is revenge porn? Revenge porn is the malicious dissemination of intimate or explicit images, without the consent of the pictured individual, over…

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How the propaganda war is returning Central Asia to the Soviet-era mind-set

Posted: 25 Jul 2014

Using the on-going civil war in Ukraine as its backdrop, another war is being fought in Central Asia: a propaganda war, waged through TV and social media,…

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Right to Forget: EU privacy watchdogs must protect free expression

Posted: 24 Jul 2014

Today, EU data protection watchdogs will meet with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the recent landmark ruling of the EU’s top court on the…

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World Cup Fever: Brazil set aside core democratic values

Posted: 16 Jul 2014

13 July, Rio de Janeiro: While Germany was beating Argentina in the stadium, outside in the streets police were fiercely repressing the hundreds…

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More Foul Play: Who is faking it in Azerbaijan?

Posted: 11 Jul 2014

The World Cup final will be between Argentina and Germany. Not the dream final for one of Azerbaijan's political prisoners, Anar Mammadli. He had even…

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Colombia: Progress, challenges and opportunities

Posted: 4 Jul 2014

Today Colombia’s football team take centre stage in a knock-out match against host nation and World Cup heavyweights Brazil. It’s also almost…

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5 protests inside stadiums that FIFA did not like

Posted: 30 Jun 2014

We all know that FIFA is not very fond of criticism - of any nature. But more often than not, stadiums have become the perfect field to voice political…

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Russia: the relative cost of preparing for the battlefield

Posted: 26 Jun 2014

George Orwell once described serious sport as "war minus the shooting". It is therefore hardly surprising how seriously the 32 qualifying countries have…

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Football, the internet and the streets

Posted: 23 Jun 2014

On Tuesday 17 June, the Mexican national team faced the Brazilian team. The victory of either would secure a place in the round of 16. On one side, was…

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Off the pitch: Brazil and the silence of authorities

Posted: 23 Jun 2014

In 2007, when Fifa decided that Brazil would be hosting the 2014 World Cup, it was a moment of huge national optimism because the economy was in good shape.…

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People who post offensive online comments deserve our contempt, not prison

Posted: 18 Jun 2014

Last week, we were asked by the Guardian to comment on the recent slew of social media prosecutions in the UK. And indeed, less than two weeks ago, Jake…

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Protecting the family from what?

Posted: 17 Jun 2014

Egypt, the country yet to investigate or ensure accountability for the 1000+ demonstrators murdered during protests in August 2013, has (re)-introduced…

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Goodbye, Frank

Posted: 13 Jun 2014

Words on behalf of ARTICLE 19 for United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Frank la Rue farewell reception  Señoras…

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The Gambia condemned again by ECOWAS Human Rights Court over crime against journalist

Posted: 13 Jun 2014

On June 10 2014, the ECOWAS Court of Justice delivered a ground breaking decision against the Gambia Government for its failure to conduct a diligent investigation…

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Post-2015: Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past

Posted: 13 Jun 2014

Sustainable development and the eradication of poverty in all its forms is based on ensuring freedom from want and fear. Human rights provide the best…

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#ProtectCivicSpace at UNHRC 26

Posted: 13 Jun 2014

A strong civil society is widely recognised as a fundamental foundation for human rights. Freedom of expression, assembly and association together form…

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New and old threats

Posted: 13 Jun 2014

Impunity is the main threat faced by journalists around the world.   Making sure that the perpetrators as well as the masterminds of any attack…

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The Right to Mourn?

Posted: 23 May 2014

Police repression of protests in Turkey took a turn for the worse yesterday when police used live ammunition against a student protest. A man attending…

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Is it really a happy World Culture Day?

Posted: 21 May 2014

Since 2008, we’ve been actively monitoring violations of the right to freedom of artistic expression, and for many artists and culture workers this…

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A right to be forgotten? EU Court sets worrying precedent for free speech

Posted: 14 May 2014

On 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its much-awaited decision in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española…

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Turkey’s Spy Agency provided with carte blanche for human rights abuses

Posted: 9 May 2014

On 17 April, the Turkish Parliament passed a law increasing the power and immunity of the National Intelligence Agency (MİT). The new law amends the previous…

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Maternal health in Senegal

Posted: 2 May 2014

In Senegal, maternal health continues to be a major public health challenge especially for women from disadvantaged regions where access to medical services…

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Netmundial: Success or Failure?

Posted: 29 Apr 2014

Last week, a key global multistakeholder meeting on the Future of the Internet Governance, NETmundial, took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Immediate reactions…

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Join a social media storm to protect LGBT freedom of expression

Posted: 17 Apr 2014

Right now people around the world are increasingly being silenced because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In spite of some advances, a…

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Africa Court on Human and People’s Rights reaffirms State’s obligation to protect journalists

Posted: 11 Apr 2014

In what has been described as a significant move forward in  the fight against impunity in Africa, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights,…

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Governments and their counselling of the arts

Posted: 4 Apr 2014

Over the last few years, ARTICLE 19’s artistic expression project has seen several governments interfere in public funding of the arts in order…

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Online censorship signals a worrying direction for democracy in Turkey

Posted: 1 Apr 2014

Last Sunday’s municipal elections in Turkey are being hailed as a victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his and his ruling Justice…

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The Mexican government must provide answer over censorship of human rights website.

Posted: 5 Mar 2014

Lawyers representing a website documenting human rights abuses in Mexico are taking their censorship battle to court. 1Dmx.org was taken down late last…

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"If I Get Arrested": In Solidarity with Khadija Ismayilova

Posted: 28 Feb 2014

Khadija Ismayilova is one of the very few independent investigative journalists working in Azerbaijan today. Well respected and renowned, both nationally…

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Javier Duarte: The Face of Impunity in Mexico

Posted: 17 Feb 2014

Gregorio Ramirez was a crime reporter for the Notisur news agency and the El Liberal del Sur newspaper in Veracruz, in eastern Mexico. He was abducted…

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Ethiopia: Open letter from Woubshet Taye

Posted: 12 Feb 2014

To: All human beings who are human From: Journalist Wubushet Taye (Zeway Prison) “Discussing these types of issues is forbidden,” said the…

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Greater accountability of governments must be at the heart of the UN’s post 2015 development agenda

Posted: 7 Feb 2014

This week, nearly 200 civil society organisations from around the world have signed a joint letter coordinated by ARTICLE 19 and the Global Forum…

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What do toilet paper, bread and press freedom have in common in Venezuela?

Posted: 17 Jan 2014

Some of the most important newspapers in the country will halt their presses in the next 12 days or so, as a result of a shortage of newsprint since November…

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Copyright Week: Why the Right to Share Principles matter in the digital age

Posted: 17 Jan 2014

A free and open internet is essential to foster speech, encourage democracy through activism, and inspire creativity and innovation. However, copyright…

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Censorship is born of terror, fear breeds silence, and silence engenders impunity

Posted: 12 Dec 2013

“In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing About the dark times” Bertolt Brecht In an interview three days…

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Campaign win! Repressive legislation attacking NGOs in Kenya withdrawn

Posted: 6 Dec 2013

On Wednesday 4th December, an amendment bill seeking to among other provisions limit the amount of external funding to NGOs in Kenya was defeated during…

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Wide-spread protests in Ukraine: First-hand account from Kyiv

Posted: 5 Dec 2013

On Saturday 30 November, I travelled to Kyiv, Ukraine to participate in a number of meetings of civil society regarding human rights and freedom of expression…

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Marco Civil debate postponed… again

Posted: 28 Nov 2013

In Portuguese: Watch Paula Martins, ARTICLE 19 Brazil Executive Director speaking about the Marco Civil The Marco Civil has been on the agenda of the Chamber…

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Impunity, freedom of expression and the right to protest

Posted: 22 Nov 2013

Impunity, freedom of expression and the right to protestDuring the past three years, we have witnessed the tremendous power exerted by people who exercise…

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Stand up for freedom of expression and civic space in Kenya

Posted: 21 Nov 2013

UPDATE: 22 November 2013Our Thunderclap for freedom of expression in Kenya was launched today!Over 100 people posted messages on social media to share…

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TPP: The threat to freedom of expression

Posted: 15 Nov 2013

Earlier this week Wikileaks released a draft chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which was subsequently published in the Guardian…

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#FREEinternetBR: Good news from the Twittersphere!

Posted: 7 Nov 2013

Yesterday the Brazilian Congress held its final debate on the Marco Civil da Internet, a draft law that, if approved, will…

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México: Solidaridad para protestar / Solidarity to Protest

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

This blog is in Spanish and is also posted in English further below.  Solidaridad para protestarDesde 1968, cada año se conmemora con…

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Iran: A World of Ears

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

Prefer to read this blogpost in Farsi? Click here.Iran: A World of EarsThree days before the Iranian New Year on 18 March 2009, Omid Reza Mir Sayafi was…

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ASEAN: 4 years of human right’s silence, and counting

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and what could have been cause for celebration…

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Russia: Chronology of crushed dissent

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

On Wednesday 8 October, the Russian state’s machine of repression turned back the clock by more than 20 years. It re-introduced compulsory psychiatric…

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Talking About a (Data) Revolution

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

At the end of this month, over 50 nations will converge on London for the annual summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP has seen rapid…

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Gambie: La liberté d’expression se détériore sur Internet / Freedom of expression online deteriorates

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

This blogpost is also available in English further below.L’expression en ligne museléeLes libertés publiques - notamment la liberté…

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Brasil: Pelo direito a blogar / For the right to blog

Posted: 16 Oct 2013

This post is in Portuguese and posted in English further below.Pelo direito a blogarA Internet democratizou a produção de informação…

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Democracy in Egypt needs more civic space. Not less.

Posted: 7 Oct 2013

Civil society in Egypt is under attack.Human rights organisations have sadly become accustomed in recent years to state led initiatives to reign in the…

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ARTICLE 19 joins Blog Action Day!

Posted: 3 Oct 2013

Wednesday 16th October is Blog Action Day and ARTICLE 19 is getting involved! Blog Action Day is an annual blogging event that unites bloggers from across…

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Why the right to know must shape the global future

Posted: 27 Sep 2013

As the UN General Assembly meets this week to discuss how to meet the needs of the world’s poor in the next fifteen years, ARTICLE 19 reflects on…

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From Sakharov to Snowden: Why Edward Snowden should receive the 2013 Sakharov Prize

Posted: 26 Sep 2013

Next week (30 September) members of the European Parliament will decide who will be awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The winner will…

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‘Traditional Values’: Smokescreen for Oppression

Posted: 12 Sep 2013

Since 2009, a dangerous agenda has been gaining potency, threatening to undermine the very foundations of human rights - equality and non-discrimination.…

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Southeast Asia speaks freely, but only in Geneva…

Posted: 11 Sep 2013

How far would you travel and what would you endure in order to deliver a message? For Sukanya “Joop” Prueksakasemsuk and Ramana Sorn, it was…

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Juan José López V Argentina

Posted: 19 Aug 2013

Inter-American Commission: law requiring journalists to register in order to receive benefits does not violate freedom of expression Do laws that provide…

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UK: Plan to blacklist and block pornography would be ineffective and dangerous for free speech

Posted: 7 Aug 2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to pressure search engines and ISPs to block or blacklist “extreme pornography”…

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In memorium to Ukrainian human rights defender, Dmytro Groysman

Posted: 7 Aug 2013

Ukrainian Human Rights Defender, Dmytro Groysman, known as Dima to his friends, will be buried in his hometown Vinnytsa today, following his death from…

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Turkey’s LGBTs: Unlikely Winners in Nation’s Summer of Unrest?

Posted: 1 Aug 2013

Taksim Square, during Turkey’s ongoing summer of discontent, has been a veritable patchwork of disparate factions and distinctly contrasting ideological…

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Strasbourg confirms citizens’ right to express satirical insults towards politicians

Posted: 1 Aug 2013

Does the right to freedom of expression allow one to insult Presidents? The ECtHR’s judgement in the case of Eon v France confirmed that freedom…

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A Very Light Touch And a Heavy Hand

Posted: 24 Jul 2013

The last few months have been very eye opening for the public about the activities of our police and security services. The Guardian's revelations about…

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Strasbourg: Journalists must assess the reliability of interviewee’s allegations before publication

Posted: 24 Jul 2013

Are journalists liable in defamation for the publication of statements by someone they have interviewed? The ECtHR has stated that investigative reporting…

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Strasbourg: Imprecise search warrant violates journalists’ right to preserve confidential sources

Posted: 16 Jul 2013

What kind of danger does a police search of a newspaper’s office present to the right to freedom of expression? In the recent judgement in the case…

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The Right to Information and the Environment in the Middle East

Posted: 10 Jul 2013

Oil spills. Air pollution. Toxins in ground and sea water. Desertification.  The environmental situation in countries across the Middle East is perilous…

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The non-existent result of Mexico’s protection policy one year on

Posted: 28 Jun 2013

Marisela Escobedo spent the last year of her life protesting against the result of the investigations into the killing of her daughter. After battling…

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Just your average meeting with pussy riot on a Friday afternoon

Posted: 27 Jun 2013

Having campaigned for the release of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich for over a year, it was intriguing for us in ARTICLE…

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Cracks growing in the glowing facade of a New Myanmar

Posted: 20 Jun 2013

For a while now, ARTICLE 19's position on Myanmar has been that the government is turning a blind eye to people trying to exercise their rights, while…

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Shouldn’t we, the citizens, decide whether or not to close public service broadcasting?

Posted: 19 Jun 2013

Last week’s decision by the Greek government to close down the ERT, the national public service broadcaster (PSB), came out of the blue. It was a…

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The Protection of the Post Arab Spring Civic Space: Many Challenges

Posted: 9 May 2013

Opening speech for the conference in Tunis on 21 and 22 March 2013 to protect the civic space post-Arab Spring and to strengthen the legal protection for…

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Protection of the civic space after the Arab Spring: The socio-political challenges of societies in transition

Posted: 4 Apr 2013

ARTICLE 19 organized a conference in Tunis on 21 and 22 March on the protection of the post Arab Spring civic space and the strengthening of the legal…

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My life with Hugo Chavez

Posted: 7 Mar 2013

I’m Venezuelan, I’m 28 years old and I’ve lived half of my life under Hugo’s rule. The name of our country was changed (from just…

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Myanmar: Dr Seik's famous blog post being investigated by parliament (in English)

Posted: 13 Feb 2013

In the last few days, anonymous blogger "Dr Seik Phwar" has been a major focus of the Myanma parliament who have pushed a motion to out his identity.More…

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WCIT: What happened and what it means for the internet

Posted: 19 Dec 2012

After two weeks of intensive negotiations, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) adopted the revised International Telecommunications…

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Police brutality: The new element of Mexico´s freedom of expression crisis?

Posted: 17 Dec 2012

For many voices, the main problem of recently sworn in president, Enrique Peña, may be reduce to an “image problem”. The economy is…

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ARTICLE 19 protests at the Aliyev statue to highlight the imprisonment of journalists and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

Posted: 5 Dec 2012

ARTICLE 19 protests at the Aliyev statue to highlight the imprisonment of journalists and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan During the annual global…

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What defamation law is needed in Macedonia?

Posted: 8 Nov 2012

The Macedonian Parliament should be congratulated for reforming defamation legislation. There are a number of things about the draft law which we ought…

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Freedom of Expression and Free Television: the Channel 4 Experience

Posted: 5 Nov 2012

Speech given by David Abraham at The Freeword Centre, London. November 1st 2012.Thirty years ago tonight, British TV viewers were about to have their perspectives…

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Campaigning for media pluralism in Central Asia

Posted: 1 Nov 2012

What is media pluralism? Last week I addressed the participants of the UNESCO Conference in Almaty with this question. My audience included mainly people…

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LGBT activists in Europe will not be silenced

Posted: 29 Oct 2012

ARTICLE 19 legal officer Andrew Smith has just returned from ILGA Europe’s Annual Conference in Dublin - Europe’s largest meeting on the human…

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On the power to exit

Posted: 1 Oct 2012

It seems to me that a major theme in all my recent travels has been the power to exit or perhaps the power to flee. One might think that flight or exit…

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Freedom of expression and harmful speech: The Kenyan situation

Posted: 27 Sep 2012

Introduction The Constitution of Kenya - promulgated in August 2010 - includes, in Chapter 4, an extensive Bill of Rights. Article 33 of the Constitution…

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Isn’t it time for the government to let the media regulate itself?

Posted: 20 Sep 2012

For the past few years now, the media fraternity has taken significant efforts to establish mechanisms of self-regulation, resulting in the establishment…

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Egyptian television broadcast regulatory framework: Challenges and opportunities

Posted: 20 Sep 2012

Summary The broadcast media in Egypt has long been considered the government’s mouthpiece reflecting and prioritising the president's activities…

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New media in Kenya: Time for regulation?

Posted: 13 Sep 2012

Summary ‘New Media in Kenya: Time for Regulation?’ considers the Kenyan government’s legislative and policy responses to the challenges…

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Finding free speech: New series of guest authors from Africa and the Middle East

Posted: 13 Sep 2012

ARTICLE 19 is proud of our network of partners in Africa and the Middle East. Our work in both regions is impossible without the assistance of many local…

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Our reminder for President Felipe Calderon

Posted: 7 Sep 2012

Last monday President Felipe Calderon gave his "state of the union" speech. In that speech he forgot completely to talk about violence against the press…

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ARTICLE 19 and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

Posted: 24 Aug 2012

I-A-T-I It does need spelling out; spelling out how aid money flows from donors to those people who will feel a change in their lives.   So for…

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Burma: Chinese feel the heat from Directive 51

Posted: 22 Aug 2012

It's emerged today that the Chinese are feeling the heat from the 'reforms' process in neighbouring Burma. In an editorial by editor-in-chief, Hu…

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Journalists must be safe to play democracy role

Posted: 12 Aug 2012

The media in Uganda has gone through some very horrendous experiences in the recent past.But none has been more menacing than the constant threats and…

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Burmese irony

Posted: 7 Aug 2012

This is a leaked photo of the frontpage of a Burmese weekly journal, The Nation, after it comes back from the pre-publication censorship board and is covered…

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Mr Putin: insult is not a crime, so why prosecute Pussy Riot?

Posted: 3 Aug 2012

The Russian authorities should immediately release the three members of the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot and drop all criminal charges. ARTICLE 19…

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Crude Accountability

Posted: 3 Aug 2012

In May we met with a journalist from the Uralskaya Nedelya newspaper, Lukpan Akhmedyarov, soon after he was attacked. Lukpan Akhmedyarov is not only a…

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Artists suffer as Putin visits London 2012

Posted: 31 Jul 2012

Very few people had heard of Pussy Riot or knew of the Russian court system until a group of women from a collective known as Pussy Riot started being…

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Of Aliens and Flying Saucers - Mouvement Raelien Suisse v Switzerland-Grand Chamber

Posted: 26 Jul 2012

Earlier this month, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down judgment in Mouvement Raelien Suisse v Switzerland (application…

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Facebook fallout

Posted: 9 Jul 2012

It was quite a surprise to discover last week that Facebook had censored us - an anti-censorship organisation.Our initial reaction was "is this what we've…

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How to protect the rights of peaceful protesters

Posted: 9 Jul 2012

Russia, Bahrain and Syria are now notoriously known for violating the rights of human rights defenders and denying a space for peaceful protests. International…

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Facebook censors us

Posted: 6 Jul 2012

ARTICLE 19 is an international free speech organization. Like many organizations around the world, we have a Facebook page where we share content about…

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TODAY, by a huge majority, the European parliament voted to reject ACTA

Posted: 4 Jul 2012

478 votes Against 39 For 165 Abstentions   This is the first time in its history that the European Parliament votes to reject an international treaty…

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Deaf to Daw Suu

Posted: 25 Jun 2012

I hate celebritisation. It's by far one of the worst developments in the British 'free' media. But meeting Daw Suu I can begin to understand the feeling…

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Rio day 10: Its the end of the world (and I feel fine)

Posted: 23 Jun 2012

Last bus. It's still grey after raining hard last night but looks like it might clear. That's good since I have a whole few hours tomorrow before I get…

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Aung San Suu Kyi: UK parliament at its best and at its worst

Posted: 22 Jun 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the UK on Tuesday with a full schedule organised by the British Foreign Office carefully crafted to ensure civil society was…

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Rio Day 9: The walking dead

Posted: 22 Jun 2012

Pretty much everything here is now falling apart. Everyone is exhausted (well those who have been here for more than a day) walking around like zombies,…

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Rio day 8: The circus comes to town

Posted: 21 Jun 2012

Raining this morning for first time since I got here. Earth crying? Nah, too obvious. And if responding, she would be puking up a volcano or force…

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Sheffield goes bananas

Posted: 21 Jun 2012

Last Friday I went to speak at a panel in the Sheffield Doc /Fest - the UKs biggest documentary film festival. The panel, which was called Stories lead…

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Two special rapporteurs report on violence against journalists in Geneva

Posted: 20 Jun 2012

This Tuesday called for special attention to violence against journalists, after two reports were submitted by United Nations Special Rapporteurs at the…

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Rio+20 Summit: Civil Society Organisations stranded in the middle of nowhere

Posted: 20 Jun 2012

Tahmina Rahman, director of ARTICLE 19 south Asia is at Rio+20 as a member of the Bangladeshi delegation. She gives a firsthand account about what role…

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Rio day 6: The end is nigh! And so is the world!

Posted: 19 Jun 2012

First, a disclaimer:  any resemblences in this blog with any persons, delegations and/or major conferences being held by large international intergovernmental…

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Rio day 5: The light at the end of the tunnel?

Posted: 18 Jun 2012

Its day 5 here in Rio. According to my ipod app, it's really nice and warm and sunny outside but I cant say I've got much actual experience on…

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Rio day 4: The big bang

Posted: 17 Jun 2012

Welcome to the first day of the Brazilian leadership. Perhaps this is a taste of what will happen in the future with the BRICs take over the world. I had…

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Rio day 3: The quickening

Posted: 16 Jun 2012

Not such a good start today. I was so surprised to see the beach at daylight walking to the bus that I tripped and smashed up my computer. Its the first…

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Rio+20: Effects of climate change on women

Posted: 16 Jun 2012

ARTICLE 19 South America created this film for Rio+20 to show how climate change affects women.Subtitles+ The climate is changing. + Everybody knows this…

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Rio day 2: Before the Summit

Posted: 15 Jun 2012

[Editor] Yet another update from Dave Banisar, our Senior Legal Advisor at the Rio Summit. A little insight into the drafting of the Outcome document and…

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Rio day 1: Gearing up

Posted: 14 Jun 2012

[Editor] Here is a little preview of what's in store at the Rio+20 Summit. Senior legal advisor, Dave Banisar is at the Summit and about to be joined by…

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Of Russian forests, threats and stifled journalists

Posted: 13 Jun 2012

In an open letter , Dmitriy Muratov, the Editor-in-Chief of the Russian, Novaya Gazeta (the paper where for example Anna Politkovskaya…

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What former Yugoslavian states must do to address hate speech

Posted: 13 Jun 2012

In May 2012 I attended the regional conference on dealing effectively with the hate crime and hate speech and hate speech phenomena, organized by the Organization…

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Vietnam: What the state does not want you to know

Posted: 11 Jun 2012

If you are a human rights defender or free speech activist in Vietnam, there is bad news in store for you. The government is cracking down heavily on activists…

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Kazakhstan - on route via Minsk to Beijing

Posted: 28 May 2012

It sounds like an ominous route, in terms of the suppression of free speech, and this is exactly where Kazakhstan seems to be going.Legislation taken out…

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Not a Niche Issue: Marriage Equality, Freedom of Expression, and Equality Everywhere

Posted: 23 May 2012

"I have learnt a number of things already this week. The first is that participating in the UK democratic process is made incredibly easy bywww.writetothem.com.…

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Some suggestions on broadcasting to the people of Burma

Posted: 22 May 2012

Dear people of Burma, We know that you are interested in reforming broadcasting regulation, indeed we keep on getting requests for help.In particular,…

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World Communicate Anti-Homophobia on Telly Day?

Posted: 17 May 2012

Today marks World Anti-Homophobia Day and World Telecommunications Day. Couldn't somebody suggest in the global recession that we mash up the two and create:…

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Online child protection should not come hand-in-hand with censorship

Posted: 17 May 2012

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government would be considering default filtering of ‘adult content’…

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Senegal: Launch of film on Women political participation and representation

Posted: 16 May 2012

ARTICLE 19 and the Caucus of Women Leaders of Senegal launched two documentaries on the 14th May 2012 to celebrate the second anniversary of the adoption…

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Video: ACTA is bad for free expression

Posted: 15 May 2012

ACTA inadequately protects freedom of expression and fundamental rights.There is a lack of clarity about the criminal provisions contained in the bill.…

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Bangladesh: Right to information song

Posted: 9 May 2012

ARTICLE 19 Bangladesh has commissioned four traditional Bangla songs celebrating the right to information.

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How Facebook made my hairdresser a media star

Posted: 3 May 2012

You may try to ignore racist slurs out of courtesy. If they come from the mouth of your hairdresser you better remain silent otherwise you risk getting…

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Zhanaozen, attempted murder, cyber-police - and Tony Blair

Posted: 3 May 2012

Guessed which country this refers to? Zhanaozen gives it away, where at least 16 people died on 19 December 2011 following violent clashes between protesting…

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Wikileaks, King Midas and the donkey ears

Posted: 3 May 2012

Bradley Manning can be in jail and Julian Assange facing extradition, Wikileaks’ website can suffer denial of service attacks or be shut down, but…

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Haraam internet campaign

Posted: 3 May 2012

Haraam, the opposite of halaal, is an action or object that is deemed impermissible in Islamic Law. Alcoholic beverages, pork, premarital sex (and…

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Knock on the ISP door

Posted: 3 May 2012

Imagine a geek sitting in a dark room at a desk covered in dirty coffee cups typing gobbledygook on a stained keyboard linked to a bank of computers. Then…

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Press Freedom, Ethics and News of the World

Posted: 3 May 2012

On May 3, 2011 I was covering a photography exhibition in a bizarrely designed building, filled with stuffed animals and other curios, known as the National…

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The scramble for Burma

Posted: 3 May 2012

The European Union (EU) has suspended its sanctions against Burma for a year following a wave of widely praised political reforms in the country.The official…

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Vietnam: Beware the blogger

Posted: 3 May 2012

Despite the troubling fact that many Vietnamese bloggers have been and continue to be arrested by their government, it is difficult for me to shake off…

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Will Weibo undermine the Great FireWall?

Posted: 3 May 2012

The massive architecture of the Great Firewall – China’s internet censorship apparatus – will not be able to stop the local microblogging…

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Observations on comparative priority-setting

Posted: 3 May 2012

As an international, or at the very least inter-European individual I have experienced societies quite distant from each other on a hypothetical spectrum…

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The Era of Fast Food Information: Danger for plurality

Posted: 3 May 2012

The Internet has undoubtedly increased the capacity of production of alternative content by marginalised groups, but the distribution and consumption of…

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The Myth of the Techno-utopians

Posted: 3 May 2012

“New technologies and social networks such as twitter are full of misinformation, full of noise”, “the techn-outopians are so naïve…

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West Africa: Social media unlock the space

Posted: 3 May 2012

The West African region is still marked by political instability, increasing social malaise and the threats of religious fundamentalism. In this complete…

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A Taboo Subject

Posted: 3 May 2012

In my opinion women have a critical role in the transition to democracy; the silencing of women demeans and undermines human rights and weakens democracy.Women’s…

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East Africa: Cyber-control under guise of hate speech

Posted: 2 May 2012

While prohibition of incitement to hatred, violence and discrimination is necessary given the effects of hate propaganda in the region, governments need…

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ACTA breaches human rights

Posted: 2 May 2012

On 11 April 2011, I gave a talk in the European Parliament about how ACTA is in breach of human rights. The stakeholder hearing was organised by Marietje…

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Internet anonymous? Sorry! Not anymore...

Posted: 2 May 2012

Not surprisingly, China has the one of the biggest online communities in the world. Nowadays, some 300 million Chinese people use Weibo, China’s…

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Will Weibo break China?

Posted: 2 May 2012

When people talk about China, what’s in your mind? A country has the highest population in the world, with 1.3 billion people, a sleeping dragon…

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Manika Jha: I write for justice

Posted: 2 May 2012

Manika Jha visited the UK with Peace Brigades International, who do great work protecting human rights defenders and journalists like Manika worldwide.…

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Twitter: Blurring the lines

Posted: 2 May 2012

The case of Liam Stacey, jailed for 56 days for posting racist comments on Twitter, shows the legal challenges presented by microblogging and the blurring…

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Cameron should take civil society, not businessmen to Burma

Posted: 13 Apr 2012

It’s undeniable that Burma is changing. But having just got visas at the invitation of the Minister of Information and having finally visited the…

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The cat-and-mouse of Asia

Posted: 10 Apr 2012

It is undeniable that the internet has fully hit East and Southeast Asia (E & SE Asia), the figures speak for themselves. China has the greatest amount…

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The case of Kenya at the Universal Periodic Review

Posted: 5 Apr 2012

ARTICLE 19 has participated in UPRs in 18 countries globally, including Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. There is  a lot we can share but I will…

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Bloggers under attack in Brazil

Posted: 30 Mar 2012

ARTICLE 19 is seriously concerned about bloggers' freedom of expression in Brazil.Bloggers are being some threatened and even murdered because their ideas,…

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Is the International Olympic Committee censoring your breakfast?

Posted: 30 Mar 2012

I was born and raised in the United States, and it is safe to say that my experience with the Olympics has been largely censored.  I remember the…

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Digital crossfire

Posted: 12 Mar 2012

As the pattern of violence against journalists and traditional media consolidates across Mexico, due the failure of the state in providing protection remedies,…

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Yen a Marre: a cry for justice and equality

Posted: 11 Mar 2012

Senegal: Y’ en a Marre’ “enough is enough”; a youth Hip Hop group became a national phenomenon, one of the icons in the fight against…

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