Global Voice's newest project, Threatened Voices, aims to support bloggers, storytellers, journalists, and others who do the work of protecting our right to freedom expression through their activism and their work.
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The team introduced the project by honoring just a few of the people who have worked so courageously for free speech. Those include:
- Avijit Roy the American-Bangladeshi blogger murdered in Dhaka
- Mahlet Fantahun spent 18 months in prison in Ethiopia for her criticism of the the government
- Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Guerrero this year after publishing on crime, social issues, and corruption
- Atena Farghadani was imprisoned in Iran for her cartoon on access to contraception
Palestinian-Syrian blogger Bassel Khartail Safadi disappeared in Syria's prisons several years ago and was reported dead just a few months ago.
We remembered Bassel Khartabil Safadi, Palestinian-Syrian hero killed by the Assad regime, during the threatened voices moment at #GV2017 #SriLanka @globalvoices @Trace_LK pic.twitter.com/ToKaoRGdO8
— Joey (@joeyayoub) December 2, 2017
“All of these people were working to tell stories, defend human rights, and hold power to account,” Global Voices Advocacy Director Ellery Biddle told us.
*Shivers* here at #GV2017 as we remember the courageous bloggers, @GlobalVoices members, storytellers, and activists who have been imprisoned, silenced, tortured, and killed because of their actions.#threatenedVoices #gvsummit17
— Tori Egherman (@ETori) December 2, 2017
Watch for the new project Threatened Voices from Global Voices.