Category Archives: Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey Twitter trial

By Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International Turkey researcher On Monday 21 April, I will be in a courtroom in Izmir, observing the second hearing in the ‘Twitter case’ against 29 men and women who are being accused of ‘inciting the public … Continue reading

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Twitter is still blocked in Turkey, and battle lines over internet freedom are being drawn

By Andrew Gardner, Amnesty’s Turkey Researcher. The Twitter shutdown started at about 11pm on Thursday night. My telephone started to ring: had I heard that Twitter was blocked? There was confusion about who could access Twitter, who couldn’t, and why. … Continue reading

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Made in Russia: Crimea’s grim human rights predicament

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, gives a rundown of the repression that awaits Crimea’s residents. Two decades of stuttering human rights reform in Ukraine was almost scuppered overnight when, on 16 January this year, the Parliament in Kyiv railroaded … Continue reading

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Journalism is not a crime

By Conor Fortune, News Writer at Amnesty International One brisk but unseasonably sunny winter morning I found myself on the roof of my London office, some gaffer tape over my mouth and a camera trained on my face. Close to … Continue reading

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Venezuela: Human rights and the rule of law are the only reasonable answer to the crisis

By Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty International’s Americas Deputy Programme Director Over the past two weeks we have witnessed a deepening of the polarization which has affected Venezuela for almost two decades. Violence during pro- and anti-government protests has resulted in at … Continue reading

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