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Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Speech’

Silencing dissent: An attempt to control social media?

DPA photo   By Imad Zafar The crackdown season has started again in Pakistan, this time the target being social media activists. People who use social media to raise their voices on political and other policy matter issues are being asked to present themselves before the Federal Investigation Agency to prove they are not an […]

US and Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters By Ayesha Rascoe Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a U.S. decision to arm them.

Section 18C is no threat to freedom of speech

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian As Australians, we should be thankful for the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The PM, in cooperation with other ultra-right politicians, anti-immigrant xenophobes and the NewsCorp media empire, have highlighted the reason why all of us are groaning under the weight of a tyrannical dictatorship curbing our freedom […]

Hijacking Literature And Journalism: Pakistan’s Intellectual Dilemma

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Literature is a form or branch of knowledge that helps in the development of the mind by creating awareness and ability to think freely, be it fictional literature in the form of novels or in the form of non fictional writing and journalism; it always plays a vital role […]

Electronic Media gets a taste of its own medicine

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Media has always been an effective tool for manipulating minds. In the early 19th century newspapers were used to manufacture public opinion. With the rise of electronic media, both television, internet and social media, it became easier to propagate agendas and ideologies and to conquer minds. The one who […]

Bangladesh: Dissenting Voices Trapped Between Fear And Repression

AP photo   By Amnesty International The Bangladeshi government has not only failed to protect dissenting voices or hold accountable the armed groups that threaten them, it has also stifled freedom of expression through a slew of repressive tactics and new laws, according to a new report published by human rights NGO Amnesty International.

250,000 demand release of jailed Journalists in Turkey

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Top journalists, cartoonists and world-renowned artists have joined a campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey following last summer’s coup attempt and an end to the ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression in the country.

The Abdel-Magied Anzac controversy teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves

By Rupen Savoulian Professor Michelle Grattan, journalist and expert commentator on Australian politics at the University of Canberra, wrote an article regarding the ruckus that erupted around the Anzac Day comment of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

Observations of an Expat: Hungary v George Soros

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms As far as the proverbial man in the street is concerned, there is very little that separates the extreme right from the extreme left.

Torture of Channel 4 journalists in Sudan highlights need to investigate Darfur chemical attacks

Phil Cox/NVF   By Amnesty International The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said human rights NGO Amnesty International ahead of the airing of a […]

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Civil Society in Thailand under attack as Authorities criminalize dissent

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Thai authorities are waging a campaign to criminalize and punish dissent by targeting civil society and political activists who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, a new briefing from human rights NGO Amnesty International has stated.

Media, Activists and the violent narrative

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson In recent times the Nigerian news media and social media feeds are bombarded with images of spectacular extremist violence and increasingly aggressive and bellicose rhetoric from politicians and pundits. This coverage warrants a close look, as public discourse sinks to new lows in justifying violence against entire racial […]

Observations of an Expat: I am a Liberal

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Tom Arms The Brexiteering Trump supporter narrowed his eyes, curled his upper lip, glared at me and sneeringly stuttered: “You…you…LIBERAL.”

Missing Nation

Fareed Khan/AP   By Imad Zafar ‘Hang the blasphemers, kill them, stone them to death,’ these are the slogans that are being used these days on social media and heard in public and private conversations. Since the bloggers and activists went missing, even scholars and anchors from the mainstream media are also demanding the death […]

Manila residents speak out about Duterte’s war on drugs

Ezra Acayan/Reuters   By Ezra Acayan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte completes six months in charge today, with the rising death toll from his war on drugs showing no sign of easing.

No peace for journalists in Iraq

Karim Kadim/AP   By Rafah Al Saad I am calling for the freedom of the Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi.

Business as usual for Sri Lanka’s double faced and dying good governance

Maithripala Sirisena/Reuters   By Thambu Kanagasabai With the support of 6.2 million people the present Sri Lankan Government swept to victories at both the Presidential and general elections on the slogan of ‘Good Governance’, to remove the ‘Bad Governance’ of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was hailed as a ‘War Hero’ after defeating the ‘Do […]

Free Speech?

By Hazel Speed We are blessed, in the main, that we still have a ‘controlled measure’ of free speech in the UK.

Is Absolute Democracy A Danger To Society?

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi Democracy, said the former US President Ronald Reagan, is worth dying for, because it’s a deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Journalism is not a crime

JFO photo   By Rafah Al Saad Each year the second day of November marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Stagnate or evolve

AFP photo   By Shahper Hassan   A state where citizens have no rights and where others interfere in your life and your privacy is breached is not a state, it’s a joke.   Societies either stagnate or they evolve and they (societies) cannot evolve if citizens are kept ignorant and illiterate, not knowing about […]

Editorial – A few necessary and important words

By Michael Organ Given the daily political tumult around the world and a certain circus in the United States, it is again time and necessary to state Tuck Magazine’s position amidst the madness.

Poetry

David Ould   By Michael Marrotti

Iranan writer faces 6 years for her unpublished fictional story about stoning

By Amnesty International The Iranian authorities must immediately repeal the conviction and sentence of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, a writer and human rights activist who is due to begin serving a six-year sentence for charges including “insulting Islamic sanctities” because she wrote an unpublished fictional story about stoning, Amnesty International have stated.

Office of Missing Persons, Sri Lanka: Upholding or Denying Justice?

Lakruwan Wanniarachchilakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai Sri Lanka ranks second in the list of countries after Iraq to record the largest number of disappearances with unofficial estimated numbers of about 90,000 since the 1980s. From these disappearances, enforced or involuntary disappearances are reported to be around 65,000.

Congo death toll hits 44 in anti Kabila unrest

Kenny Katombe/Reuters   By Kenny Katombe and Benoit Nyemba At least 44 people – including 37 demonstrators and six police officers – have been killed in protests over Congolese President Joseph Kabila‘s perceived bid to extend his rule, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated.

Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before he leaves office

Frederick Florin/AFP   By Amnesty International   ‘It will be a deep stain on President Obama’s legacy if he leaves office with Snowden still in exile in Russia’ – Salil Shetty The UK Government should ‘drop plans for new snooping laws which would extend the intrusive and unchallengeable powers of the intelligence services’.

Tanzania’s Magufuli must abandon isolationism and join the rest of the world

Emmanuel Herman/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi Almost a year after Pombe Magufuli took over leadership, questions are arising as to where he is taking Tanzania, one the most respected countries in Africa.

Ugandan police summon journalist over facebook post

By Robert Ssewankambo Police in the Moroto District of North Eastern Uganda summoned a freelance journalist, Teba Arukol, over a Facebook post about the Karamojong cultural leaders.