Category Archives: Press Freedom

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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Three months in hell – Jailed for reporting on corruption in Liberia

By Rodney Sieh – a ‘criminal’ journalist reflects on incarceration at Liberia’s notorious Monrovia Central Prison and a landmark case which could bring changes to Liberia’s laws criminalizing libel. I could never expect to live to be 5,000 years old … Continue reading

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“I want my country back”

A young woman from Eritrea describes how her country’s joy of independence was smothered by a political stranglehold that is still keeping thousands of people locked up. “We are moving back to our home country, it’s a beautiful place – … Continue reading

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