Category Archives: Press Freedom

‘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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Truth and debate fall victim to ‘national security’ rhetoric amid South Sudan’s crisis

By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada, currently in Juba, South Sudan “Stop publishing articles on federalism” – that is the warning media outlets in South Sudan received in late June, through phone calls and visits from government security … Continue reading

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Pursuing the mirage of freedom

By Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned for the past two years. Her husband is serving a 10-year sentence, and also faces 1,000 lashes and a hefty fine in connection with an … Continue reading

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Hong Kong must be alert to gradual erosion of its freedom of expression

With Hong Kong’s news stands packed with an array of publications critical of leaders of all political stripes, many ask why press freedom is such a concern. This great city has been a torchbearer for a vibrant and independent press … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead to wipe out dissent in Russia

By Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of Grani.ru, an independent online media outlet in Russia In Russia today the space for public debate and free exchange of information is shrinking so quickly that the thinking part of society does not have … Continue reading

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