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Securing freedom of expression is focus of World Press Freedom Day 2013

Posted on Friday 3 May 2013

WACC Declaration on May 3, World Press Freedom Day 2013
Published by AlterPresse The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2013 is “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”. How can WACC members and partners help bring about such a world?
At the beginning of 2013 WACC joined with its partner SIGNIS to give its Human Rights Award 2012 to the documentary film “Forbidden Voices” directed by Barbara Miller. It explores the risky business of blogging in three countries where freedom of expression is severely restricted.
In Cuba, China and Iran, the blogs of Yoani Sánchez, Zeng (...)

Haiti-Media : World Vision deplores the incident March 18th involving reporters of the Ayiti Kale Je platform

Posted on Monday 25 March 2013

Statement by Jean Claude Mukadi
Haiti National Director, World Vision
Transmitted to AlterPresse on March 23, 2013
World Vision deplores the incident March 18th involving reporters of the Ayiti Kale Je platform - of which AlterPresse is a member - that occurred at one of our food distribution sites, in Calumette, a locality in the commune of Savanette.
Our organization has launched an investigation into the matter and, if it is determined that any of our employees acted wrongfully or in an unprofessional manner, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken. The press will be informed (...)

Haiti-Media : Two journalists attacked by World Vision worker

Posted on Thursday 21 March 2013

P-au-P., March 21 2013 [AlterPresse] – Two Haitian journalists were attacked by a man working for the humanitarian organization World Vision on Monday March 18 in the hamlet of Savanette, located about 160 kilometers west of the capital.
Evens Louis, a multimedia journalist with Accès-Médias, a section of Groupe Médialternatif, and Lafontaine Orvild, journalist and assistant coordinator of Haiti Grassroots Watch, were verbally attacked. The aggressor also hit one of the journalists.
The attack took place while the team was filming one of World Vision’s food distribution activities in (...)

Chavez and the world

Posted on Sunday 17 March 2013

By Marcel Duret *
Submitted to AlterPresse on March 17, 2013
In October 1999, after only 8 months in office, President Hugo Chavez made a state visit in Japan. I had the honor of meeting him at the Foreign Correspondence Club in Tokyo, where he gave a speech that remained engraved in my memory. In that speech he shared with the Diplomatic Corps and the journalists his answer when the Japanese Emperor asked him: “How come a country as rich in natural resources as Venezuela can have 80% of its population living under poverty level?” Hugo Chavez confessed that while he welcomed the Emperor’s (...)

Haiti-Caribbean/Art : Haitian culture on the move as artists rebuild ties abroad

Posted on Tuesday 19 February 2013

By Robert Shaw
Bogota, Feb. 19, 2013 [AlterPresse] --- Jerry slip-sides deftly under the night sky lighting up the broken walls of Haiti´s capital. His rapid-fire hands spray paint this buzzing Caribbean city with images of love and hope side-by-side with pictures of prostitution and political destruction.
Jerry Rosembert Moise, a humble yet immensely driven 30-year-old who grew up in the ghettos of Port-au-Prince, plys his trade as a graffiti artist covering the walls of downtown Port-au-Prince and the suburbs of Petionville and Delmas.
After the massive earthquake that rocked Haiti on (...)

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