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Sunday 21 September  
Free speech

Free speech

Seen as one of the most precious of human rights, freedom of speech is never absolute. The right to speak freely without censorship is subject to limitations in every country, as this series of articles and videos shows.

Article: Big Bird: Going the way of the Dodo?

It’s not often an oversized yellow bird takes center stage in an American presidential television debate. But with US Republican hopeful Mitt Romney potentially putting Sesame Street’s beloved Big Bird on the chopping block,...

Article: Access for all: top universities go online

Want a top-notch university education but unable to commute the thousands of kilometers to one of the world’s best universities—including Stanford, Brown, Columbia and Princeton in the United States and Scotland’s...

Article: Anti-Islam film continues to make waves around the world

The speaker of the European parliament has strongly condemned the recent anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims. But he in his turn has been roundly criticised for giving in to extremists. The film continues to provoke fierce reactions in...

Article: Breaking the silence

Mexico’s provincial journalists are a largely neglected and unprotected group, with the problems of the capital Mexico City dominating the media and public notice. Those working in the provinces struggle to get access to the...

Article: The lack of understanding is mutual

The Islamic World is in an uproar over an anti-Islam film made in America. People have died in violent protests in Cairo, Benghazi and Sana’a, including the US Ambassador to Libya. The protests are spreading to other Muslim countries...

Article: Courting the youth vote as Dutch head to the polls

In an effort to attract the almost 1.5 million young people (ages 18-24) in the Netherlands to vote, dozens of apps have cropped up over the current campaign season, which ends today as Dutch voters go to the polls to elect a new...

Article: Angolan journalists fight on

If anyone thought that the end of Angola’s long civil war in 2002 would bring an improvement in civil rights then think again. Just take a look at the media situation - nothing has improved at all. Two major free speech organisations...

Article: The Netherlands could do more to combat bribery

While the number of prosecutions in foreign bribery cases is on the rise worldwide, the Netherlands has been only “moderately” successful in bringing corporations and individuals to account according to a new report by the anti...

Jean-Eudes Pokou
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Article: ‘Young Ivorians, be aware’

Article: ‘Young Ivorians, be aware’

Armed with nothing more than his creativity, multi-talented Ivorian artist Pokou has embraced a mission as ‘conscience raiser for the youth’. He claims this role with an absolute sincerity and humour that are his defining...

Article: Moroccan journalist wears his heart on his sleeve

Journalist Omar Radi was front page news himself when he dared to challenge Minister of Justice Mustafa Ramid’s views on sexual freedom. Radi told the minister he lived with his girlfriend without being married and didn’t see...

Video highlights

Tunisian rappers fear return of internet controls
Internet was one of the things liberated by Tunisia's 2011 revolution....
Ha ha ha...how funny
The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from...
Muna Shirwa: addicted to a certain type of sadness
The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from...
Jennifer Perez: with silent understanding
The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from...