Category: freedom

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Is Saudi scurry to begin cinemas a step to novel freedom?

Saudi Arabia will lift a 35-year ban on cinemas and allow films to be screened as early as next year. On Monday, the Ministry of Culture and Information approved licenses for those wishing to open cinemas in the kingdom. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, the minister of culture, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.…

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Does KANA TV ticket extra media freedom?

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Race car driver Fahmi Girma tears along a dirt track in his souped-up Toyota Vitz on the outskirts of Addis Ababa past shepherd boys tending cattle – accompanied by energetic Ethiopian music. The four-minute clip, in which 27-year-old Girma also discusses the history of race car driving in Ethiopia and its…

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El Salvador girl jailed after stillbirth seeks freedom

San Salvador, El Salvador – Sitting on the ground in the concrete courtyard of Ilopango women’s prison in San Salvador, El Salvador, Teodora del Carmen Vasquez speaks slowly, with the tone of someone who has told her story many times. It was more 10 years ago that she made a 9-11 call that led to her 30-year…

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Ibrahim Halawa on lifestyles in Egyptian prisons and freedom

Dublin, Ireland – Ibrahim Halawa gazes across a few hundred metres of green land to his old high school. “There’s a swing and a lake over there,” he says, pointing to the side of the stately Georgian building, a private school for boys. “We used to swing and throw ourselves into the lake. Free-falling felt so…