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Dangerous humour – the silencing of cartoonists

August 31, 2011


Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat has been badly beaten and had his hands broken after lampooning the Assad regime. Earlier this year his Libyan counterpart Kais al-Hilali was shot while caricaturing Qaddafi on a wall in Benghazi. Twenty-five years ago the Palestinian Naji al-Ali – creator of the character Handhala, child witness in the Palestinian refugee […]

Social media, public unrest and American foreign policy

August 24, 2011


David Cameron set off a media storm when he suggested it might be necessary to block the use of social media should there be a repeat of the London disturbances earlier this month in which looters used BlackBerry Messenger to co-ordinate their activities. This may have just been another case of PR-speak by a political […]