Category Archives: Internet and Social Media

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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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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Inside the development of Amnesty’s new Panic Button App

Tanya O’Carroll, Amnesty’s Technology and Human Rights Project Officer, on how emerging digital tools will help activists and human rights defenders. When Amnesty was founded 50 years ago, our tool of choice was the pen. Thousands would write letters to governments … Continue reading

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Standing still is not a crime

  An update from Andrew Gardner, Amnesty’s Turkey researcher in Istanbul On Monday night, one person went to Taksim Square and just stood still in a silent and symbolic protest against the recent violence there. The same evening, lots of … Continue reading

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