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Analysis: The Role of the Free Press in Sustainable Development

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

, May 03 (IPS) - This year's World Press Freedom Day marks the 250th anniversary of the first-ever freedom of information law, enacted in what are now Sweden and Finland. 3 May, 2016 is more than just an important anniversary, however; this is the first celebration of World Press Freedom Day since the adoption of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Securing a free press is essential for progress towards achieving these ambitious goals for people and planet by the year 2030.

Mideast: 1 in 3 Bribe to Access Basic Public Services

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

ROME, May 03 (IPS) - Just an ordinary citizen living in a Middle East and North of Africa country and requring a birth certificate for your new-born daughter? No problem—just take something with you, either some cash, a pack of cigarettes or just buy a glass of tea with milk and a lot of sugar.

The Family Garden Going Out of Style in Cuban Countryside

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

HAVANA, May 03 (IPS) - In the past, all rural homes in Cuba had gardens for putting fresh vegetables on the dinner table. The local term for these gardens is "conuco", a word with indigenous roots that is still used in several Caribbean nations.

Free Press a Casualty of Pakistan's Terror War

Monday, May 02, 2016

PESHAWAR, May 02 (IPS) - Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is widely viewed as one of the world's most dangerous places to be a journalist, with at least 14 killed since 2005 and a dozen of those cases still unsolved, according to local and international groups.

Grilled for a Retweet: Press Freedom in Kenya

Monday, May 02, 2016

NAIROBI, May 02 (IPS) - In early January, Judith Akolo, a journalist with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, found herself in unfamiliar territory when she was summoned and grilled by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for retweeting a Twitter message.

Media Freedom in Africa Remains Under Attack

Saturday, April 30, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 30 (IPS) - Imagine a world without the media, where we have no verified information about what's going on around us. Where everything is hearsay and gossip, where there are no trusted sources of information. It would be hard to operate in a world like that: to make decisions about what to do about the things that affect our lives.

West Papuans Turn to Africa for Support in Freedom Bid

Saturday, April 30, 2016

CANBERRA, Australia, Apr 30 (IPS) - For more than half a century, the indigenous people of West Papua, located on the western side of the island of New Guinea, who are related to the Melanesians of the southwest Pacific Islands, have waged a resistance to governance by Indonesia and a relentless campaign for self-determination.

“Together, Civil Society Has Power”

Saturday, April 30, 2016

BOGOTA, Apr 30 (IPS) - When Tamara Adrián, a Venezuelan transgender opposition legislator, spoke at a panel on inclusion during the last session of the International Civil Society Week held in Bogotá, 12 Latin American women stood up and stormed out of the room.

Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?

Friday, April 29, 2016

, Apr 29 (IPS) - Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.

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