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Truthdigger of the Week: Carmen Aristegui

The highly regarded Mexican radio show host said that her recent firing was a case of repression of press liberties and that if privileged journalists can be attacked, “imagine the level of vulnerability for other journalists in Mexico.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

Egypt’s ‘Crackdown on Dissent’ Continues With 5-Year Sentence for Prominent Blogger (Video)

Alaa Abd El Fattah, 33, played a key role in the 2011 Egyptian uprising by leading protests. Now the blogger is being put in jail for leading another demonstration in 2013 because, as it happens, the protest in question was “unauthorized” by an increasingly despotic Egyptian government.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

Incendiary Devices

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We Are Those Who Suffer: Free Speech, the Media and the Roots of Violence

Condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings must be accompanied by understanding of root causes and by compassion for struggling peoples. And the media must refrain from fanning the flames of hatred.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

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Exploiting Charlie Hebdo

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Will France Intervene in Yemen as a Result of al-Qaida Claim?

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in South Yemen, claimed Wednesday to have been behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.

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Leader of the Free World

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In Call for Tolerance, Merkel Says Islam ‘Belongs to Germany’

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it’s humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

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Free Speech

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Charlie Hebdo Team Regrets Not Parading Caricatures of Hypocritical World Leaders at Paris Rally

“Oh, well,” said Luz, a cartoonist. “You can’t think of everything.”

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After Paris Attacks, Could Racist Parties Sweep to Power in Europe?

Anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia were already raging through Europe before the Kouashi al-Qaida cell targeted the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Charlie Hebdo

Critical journalists view the slaughter of their colleagues in Paris from a deeply personal perspective. “Does my work threaten my life?” we ask ourselves.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE

Do Not Expect Silence

Wednesday I lost four brothers — none of whom I’d ever met. Stephane Charbonnier, aka “Charb”; Jean Cabut, aka “Cabu”; Georges Wolinski; and Bernard Verlhac, aka “Tignous,” were the cartoonists assassinated along with their colleagues at Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE

From Yemen to Paris: The al-Qaida Franchise from the 15th to the 60th Parallel N.

Analysts have been understandably cautious about the nature of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo staff and a Jewish deli in Paris.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE

The Enemy Within

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The Muslims’ War on Terror: Yes, They’re Condemning the Paris Attacks

When American commentators complain that Muslim authorities have not sufficiently denounced the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, they show a profound ignorance of the current situation in the Middle East.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE

Political Cartoonists From Around the Globe React to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

The international response to Wednesday’s attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been varied and extremely powerful.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE

Charlie Hebdo Freedom

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Free Expression

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Charlie Hebdo

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Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart’s Moving Response to Charlie Hebdo Attack: Comedy Shouldn’t Have to Be an Act of Courage

The “Daily Show” host offers his condolences and his take on Wednesday’s tragic attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE

Why al-Qaida Attacked Charlie Hebdo Satirists in Paris

The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE

Je Suis Charlie

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Caricature Assassination

Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    

Freedom of Speech

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‘Freedom of the Press’ Just Words on Paper in Zimbabwe

As things stand now, any attempts by the Zimbabwean media to subject public officials to scrutiny and make them accountable for their actions is anathema to the powers that be.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE

Vets Win Expansion of Freedom of Speech and Right to Assemble

For the past three years, members of Veterans For Peace and their allies have gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lower Manhattan on the date of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to mark another year of a war and call for peace. This year, they were finally able to do so without facing a small army of police threatening arrest.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

The Purpose of Argument Online

The “public face of social liberalism” is synonymous with “an endless list of things that you can’t do or say or think, and with the constant threat of being called an existentially bad person if you say the wrong thing,” journalist Freddie deBoer writes.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

Internet Censorship

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Will Civil Liberties Survive OWS Trial?

As an Occupy Wall Street activist goes to trial on charges of assaulting a police officer, author and lawyer Chase Madar asks what the rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom from warrantless search are worth in the United States today.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Facebook May Join Forces With Police to Thwart Protests

Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia on Monday in which he discovered that soon authorities may have control over what’s posted on social media sites. This includes allowing people to plan demonstrations using sites such as Facebook.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Larry Flynt

The man who made his fortune selling pictures of naked women demonstrates virtue unmatched by most of his peers by writing against the planned execution of the man who left him paralyzed.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Freedom of Speech a Casualty of Official Response to Student Drinking

(Updated) Professors at my hometown university are silent as city and college officials seek blood after a beer-fueled clash between students and police.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Dear Royal Baby: We Americans Apologize for Our Revolution; Please Be Our Absolute Monarch

Things like freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which seemed like a good idea in 1789, now seem really dangerous to us and we’ve started to agree with King George III about the undesirability of those liberties. Our forebears minded the torture and cruel and unusual punishments imposed by the king. But we have gone back to torturing people.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Wang Zhao

Chinese Dissidents Face Jail for Dinner Party Photo

Three Chinese activists agitating for officials to make public the value of their wealth and assets will be put on trial in a “co-ordinated crackdown” that makes the limitations of an “anti-corruption push by the new government” plain, according to a Reuters report in The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE

Freedom of Speech in Egypt

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE

By a Jailed Cartoonist

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Egypt’s Constitution

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French Satirical Magazine Prints Muhammad Cartoons

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South African Parliament Passes Bill Restricting Press Freedoms

In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government’s standards.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE

Power of the Pen

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Pakistani Lawyer Blocked From U.S. After Suing CIA on Drone Strikes

Pakistani lawyer and human rights champion Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has aided the U.S. government in legal counterterrorism efforts, was banned from traveling to the States to speak at Columbia Law School after suing the CIA about drone strikes that have killed civilians in his country. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE


Truthdigger of the Week: Ray McGovern

This week we throw our support behind former CIA analyst, Army veteran and peace activist Ray McGovern, whose arrest while protesting as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to the wave of demonstrations in the Middle East made a troubling statement about the state of our own freedoms.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE

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Dems Zero In on Corporate Campaign Funding

Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to put a check on corporate campaign financing, contesting the notion—promoted by the Supreme Court earlier this year—that big corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of cash on political campaigns.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE

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