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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) lists Syria, France and Brazil as the countries in which the most reporters were murdered in 2015 . In the two first countries the figures are due to the civil war and the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The Brazilian case, however, is surprising. What has led to such a dangerous situation for journalists in a state that does not have censorship or other threats to the freedom of the press, such as an armed conflict?

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Saudi blogger Badawi’s wife accepts Sakharov Prize

Ensaf Haidar accepted the European Parliament’s highest tribute for human rights on behalf of her husband, blogger Raif Badawi. She said her husband “is not a criminal,” and that he exercised his right to free speech. The European Parliament presented Saudi blogger Raif Badawi with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the EU’s highest tribute to human rights on Wednesday.

“The prize is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe,” according to the European Parliament’s website.

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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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