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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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After the killing of secular bloggers in Bangladesh, the country’s security forces have announced the arrest of three suspects. It is too early to interpret the arrests as a breakthrough, writes DW’s Grahame Lucas.

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Since 2013, Brazil and Germany have co-sponsored two resolutions on digital privacy at the UN General Assembly, which could become the base for future global regulation of the Internet. Digital activists often hold up the Marco Civil, Brazil’s domestic framework for the Web, as an international benchmark for protecting civil liberties. So how did a developing country become a world leader in setting human rights standards for advanced information technology?

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