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The Importance of Human Rights Education

Human Rights

It is often said that knowledge is power, and this is especially true when it comes to knowledge of human rights. Simply put, this is the teaching of the history, laws and theories surrounding human rights. There’s a variety of

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Somali Journalist Killing Is Latest in Violent Trend

A Mogadishu radio-station director has became the third Somali journalist killed in as many months. The death underscores the constant threat against journalists working in the war-torn country. Abukar Hassan Mohamoud is the latest journalist to be killed in the

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Media Censorship

Free Speech: Nigerians Protest End to Fuel Subsidy

Protesters in Nigeria marched against a government decision to end a popular consumer fuel subsidy, which has sent prices soaring in the oil-rich nation. Demonstrators in Lagos Tuesday chanted as they carried banners and signs critical of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Rights Groups Welcome US Decision to Send Troops to Uganda

Human rights groups are welcoming the U.S. decision to deploy 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to support the regional fight against a guerrilla group known for atrocities against civilians. One of those groups, Human Rights Watch, has been urging

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Morocco: Multiple Arrests Against Activists

Written by Hisham Almiraat There has been a sudden surge in arrests among pro-democracy activists and online campaigners in Morocco in recent days. Three have occurred in the past week alone. Little has been reported in the press and it

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

Independent Media Emerge in Tripoli After Fall of Gadhafi

Independent news media are beginning to emerge in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, two weeks after the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. They are pledging to help build democratic institutions that were never allowed to develop under his 42-year rule.

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Posted in Political Censorship

Togo: Journalists Rally to Protect Free Press

Journalists in the West African country of Togo rallied in the streets of capital Lomé [fr] to protest against the threats that their colleagues received recently.  The rally was launched on August 3, by the association ‘SOS Journalistes en Danger’ (SOS

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Egypt’s Revolution Brings Changes for Journalists, Audience

Written by Al Pessin | Cairo Egypt’s revolution in January and February led to major changes in the country’s media, changes that affect both journalists and news consumers. Since Egypt’s revolution, there is more competition among the nation’s newspapers, more

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Mubarak Trial Carries Many Uncertainties for Nervous Egypt

Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to go on trial August 3 on corruption and murder charges related to his 30-year tenure and the crackdown on protesters during the revolution that ousted him in January and February.  The trial

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Tunisian Press Fears Return to Censorship

A new report from international media watchdogs argues that for Tunisia’s democratic transition to succeed, the country needs a strong and independent press. The International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) urged the interim government to eliminate censorship,

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Posted in Censorship, Media Censorship

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