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Media coverage should give peace a chance

Media coverage should give peace a chance

Growing tensions between the United States and Iran marked the first two weeks of 2020. News cycles have been dominated by coverage of the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, the killing of a high-profile Iranian general, Iranian attacks on US military bases, and the...

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Communicating with tenacity and courage

Communicating with tenacity and courage

How wonderful that three women have been nominated for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award – the first time the jury has named three women for this top human rights prize. Unofficially known as the “Nobel Prize for human rights”, the Martin Ennals Award was created in...

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Social media – friend or foe?

Social media – friend or foe?

Freedom House’s latest report on the state of the Internet says, “Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them into...

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Russian censorship by another name

Russian censorship by another name

In a digital era, Internet freedom is essential. Internet freedom includes digital rights, freedom of information, the right to Internet access, freedom from censorship, and net neutrality. In Russia, a new law enabling the government to disconnect users from the...

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From global village to social isolation

From global village to social isolation

How is “digital” transforming the way we live? Imagine the abode of the future – house, apartment, hotel room, log cabin, prison cell – equipped with a “plasma wall” incorporating all the telecommunications interfaces that enable social and cultural activity. Each...

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Media puppetry in Poland

Media puppetry in Poland

Here is an example of why media independence is vital to people everywhere. In Poland, the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) alleges the media are controlled by Germany and says foreign control should be stopped. The real aim is to bring the media into...

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