Category Archives: Censorship and Free Speech

#HowFreeAreYou Twitter chat

By Edward Herbert, Global Communities Officer at Amnesty International, We will be attending The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which will be running from 2-5 September in Istanbul. The purpose of the IGF is to get people talking about all things … Continue reading

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Egypt’s darkest day

One year on from the slaughter of more than 600 protesters in one day by Egyptian security forces, not a single officer has been prosecuted. Meanwhile Egypt’s criminal justice system has been swift to arrest, try and sentence alleged Morsi … Continue reading

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Robin Williams – friend of Amnesty and comic artist genius. RIP.

By Bill Shipsey, founder of Art for Amnesty In the Steven Spielberg film “AI” (for ‘Artificial Intelligence’ not Amnesty International) the character played by Robin Williams recited the W.B. Yeats poem “The Stolen Child”: “Come away, O human child! To the … Continue reading

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‘My life is in constant danger’ – campaigning on human rights in the Gambia

By Francois Patuel, Amnesty International’s campaigner for West Africa. I’ve just spoken to a human rights activist working in the Gambia. Just publishing his name would be enough to get him arrested. His powerful testimony shows just why we urgently … Continue reading

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Tweet now for student facing jail after Twitter use in Turkey

By Milena Buyum, Amnesty’s Turkey Campaigner On 2 June last year, Özge Ünlütezcan, a 24-year-old drama student, grabbed her phone to send out a series of tweets. Shortly after, she was stunned to be called into a police station where … Continue reading

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