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As the post-attacks’ situation in France merges into the rise of the extreme right Front National party, I wonder if we residents of France, who care about freedom of speech should now reach out and ask for help?

It would have sounded loony just two years ago. In the heyday of blogging, when social media were the first choice, often the only media for social activism, the Bobs Awards jury and staff tried to advocate for and protect bloggers far away, who risked much more than a fine for pirating a movie. Remember? A lost paradise of ‘first world’ safe countries, lending a hand to the rest of the world. The tables have been turned. Now, ‘first world’ countries are also in need of help.

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Saudi-blogger Raif Badawi awarded 2015 Sakharov Prize


Top human rights prize goes to Raif Badawi. Previous winners include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.

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Raif Badawi’s wife accepts DW Freedom of Speech Award

with prizeeditedEnsaf Haidar, wife of blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to 1,000 lashes by a Saudi court, appeared at DW’s Berlin headquarters to accept the Freedom of Speech Award. Haidar also announced the creation of a new foundation.

Haidar accepted DW’s first Freedom of Speech Award from DW Director General Peter Limbourg at the end of a press conference on Friday, which she used to announce the creation of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom (RBFF).

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Turkey will be voting again on November 1st. The parliamentary elections earlier this year (7.6.15) brought an end to more than a decade’s rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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