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Spreading the word(s)
Updated 7 December 2013
Kurdish journalist murdered
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL are calling for an immediate enquiry and Reporters Without Borders have condemned the murder of journalist, Kawa Germyani, editor of the magazine Rayal and a correspondent for the newspaper Awene, in Kalar, in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Further details are on Kurd Net.
BRIAN ASHLEY, a long-standing South African activist and contributor to the magazine Amandla, has posted a short, but touching tribute to Nelson Mandela on the International Viewpoint website.
‘…Disgrace for Ukrainian authorities’
IN A recent mailing, Index on censorship published report from Andrei Aliaksandrau on the latest events in Ukraine and particularly the country’s capital Kiev. The full article can be found here.
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS are campaigning around the Sochi Winter Olympics and recently made an appeal for support.
“In less than three months, the Sochi Olympic Games will open. These Games are unique. They will take place in a country which is not like any other country.
Since May 2012, when Vladimir Putin returned to power as President, the Russian government adopted a series of repressive laws to attempt to contain the thriving of more freedom of information. Thirty journalists have been killed in connection with their work in Russia since 2000.
Political leaders and Olympic Games organizers will do everything they can to hide the realities of Russia. They won’t tell you about censorship, pressure on journalists, threats, murders going unpunished and police investigations at a standstill.
They won’t tell you either about Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, deputy editor in chief of the weekly Novoe Delo, who was shot near his house in the caucasus village of Semender on July 9, 2013.
We won’t keep silent about these realities. We have a lot to report regarding freedom of information in Russia. Follow us during the next months to learn more about these chilling Games.”
More information can be found here.
Pussy Riot: still challenging orthodoxies
IF YOU missed the documentary on BBC4, Monday evening 21 October 2013, that’s a shame. We don’t think it will still be on the BBC’s iPlayer. As a special treat, however, we are republishing a post, “In situ”, from Roland, August 2012.
“Hard working” gibberish
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REUTERS REPORTED earlier this month that a senior, “conservative”, cleric in Saudi Arabia has said that he believes that women who drive regularly will damage their ovaries. While Reuters admit that they had previously got a name wrong — I mean, we all drop a “Saad” here and there don’t we Annie? — Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan has, without any verifiable evidence, hit the nail on the head. He’s a misogynist with a problem. Come on; come out and, rather than be proud, be stoned by women who have those ovaries you are apparently so concerned about.
I, Ms Marie Jones, have a theory that is not verifiable. Men’s balls get too large when they drive. Stick that in one of your orifices.
A group of socialists in the Midlands, supporters of different left groups and none, have published a collection of articles articulating the views of democratic, secular, progressive and socialist currents active today in Syria. The pdf can be downloaded directly from Box.net in the left hand-hand sidebar or viewed here
Support journalists in Iran
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS are campaigning for the release of 54 journalists currently in jail in Iran. The regime has recently cut off access to the internet and routinely censors the national press and prevents foreign journalists getting into the country. They have jailed and sentenced more than 350 journalists and “netizens” since the Presidential election of 2009. Reporters Without Borders are concerned that the winner of the forthcoming election will be chosen behind closed doors — with nobody able to dissent. The campaigning group urgently needs donations to carry on work defending journalists in Iran. Gifts can be made here here.