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Is There a Flicker of Progress for Freedom of Information in Burma?

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 2:42 PM

Burma is one of the world's most repressive countries for the media, ranked 174 out of 178 countries in our latest worldwide index. At least 25 journalists are in jail and the main sources of independent news and information are in exile. Exiled media like the Democratic Voice...

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"Do as I Say, Not as I Do"

(30) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 7:55 PM

The funny part about promoting human rights abroad is you typically have to have it down pat at home. That's why when China comes out with its own human rights report to coincide with the U.S. State Department's most of us let out a sad, ironic chuckle. What I am...

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Governance, Internet and Free Speech

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 5:48 PM

On September 27th, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which includes companies, non-profit groups, academics, engineers, government representatives and ordinary citizens, started in Kenya for 3 days to debate on the hot topic of future of the Internet.

During this United Nations-sponsored event, one workshop is dedicated to defining the...

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Democratic Opening in Bahrain Needs Release of All Prisoners of Conscience

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 7:13 PM

That Bahrain released 137 people on August 9th is good news, but it also shows the scale of arrests, done in full view with little criticism. Five weeks ago, President Barack Obama hailed the launch of a national dialogue by the Bahraini government as an "important moment of...

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The Odd Couple: Julian Assange, Rupert Murdoch and Freedom of Information

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 11:17 AM

Both WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and media mogul Rupert Murdoch have come under fire linked to hacking scandals. Taken together these incidents raise interesting questions about what constitutes public knowledge and whether freedom of information can be taken too far.

WikiLeaks had been releasing confidential documents and has been threatened...

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10 Years of Impunity Against Journalists in Pakistan

(11) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 6:21 PM

On May 31st, 2001, Saleem Shahzad, a reporter for the Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online and for the Italian news agency Adnkronos International, was found dead in his car with a bullet in the stomach. Shahzad is the 16th reporter found dead in the country in the past 15 months,...

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Press Freedom Under Fire in Europe

(11) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 2:02 PM

Today, May 3, on the World Press Freedom Day, all decision-makers in the Europe should ponder the wise words of French writer Albert Camus: "A free press can be good or bad, but one thing is certain, no freedom can never be anything but poor."

Unfortunately, the fight for...

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