Free Stella Nyanzi

The conviction of Ugandan writer and academic Stella Nyanzi for comments she posted on Facebook is a sad indictment of the space for free expression in Uganda, PEN International and PEN Uganda said today. A court convicted Dr. Nyanzi on 1 August 2019, of ‘cyber harassment’, but acquitted her of the charge of ‘offensive communication.’ She was sentenced on 2 August to 18 months in prison. The charges relate to a poem Dr. Nyanzi wrote on Facebook criticising Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (and his mother). PEN believes that Stella Nyanzi is being held solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and calls on the authorities to quash her sentence and release her immediately and unconditionally. Continue

Mauricio Weibel Barahona | Periodista

On August 10, the news website La Tercera reported that the army intelligence directorate allegedly carried out “Operation W” focused on Weibel. The report, which cited unnamed intelligence sources, said that Weibel was followed and his phones were wiretapped. At the time, Weibel was working for the publication The Clinic and the Chilean public television outlet TVN, and researching Treason of the Homeland (Traición a la Patria), a book on alleged embezzlement in the army. La Tercera reported that in 2017 authorities also tapped the phones of active and retired members of the military suspected of leaking documents to the press about irregularities in the army. Continue

Drawings for "Faith under fire in China"

China’s religious communities are facing the most severe crackdown since the Cultural Revolution. 

Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetan Buddhists and countless other religious minorities are being harassed, arrested and even tortured because of their faith. As news outlets report the detention of over one million Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province, the situation for religious communities in China only continues to worsen.

Join us in Sydney later this month to hear first hand how religious communities in China are suffering under ever-increasing pressure– and how you can help them. 

We’re bringing you first hand accounts from representatives of different religious communities in China and an art exhibition to inspire and challenge you to take action.


Full details:

Saturday 24 August


Uniting Church in Australia, 180 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, NSW 2131

The doors will open at 10:30am for you to visit the art exhibition in the grounds before the event starts at 11am.
The event will be followed by a light lunch at 1pm. Info

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Free Austin Tice

In May of 2012, the summer before Austin’s final year at Georgetown Law School, he chose to go to Syria as a freelance journalist.  Austin went to tell the story of the ongoing conflict there and its impact on the ordinary people of Syria.

In August 2012, Austin made his way just south of Damascus to write his final pieces.  He planned to depart for Lebanon on August 14, three days after his 31st birthday.  He got into a car in the Damascus suburb of Darayya to make the trip, but shortly after leaving was detained at a check point.

Five weeks later, a 43-second video emerged with the title, “Austin Tice is Alive”.  It showed Austin being held by a group of unidentified armed men.  No other message accompanied the video.  This is the only information we have received from his captors.  No one has contacted us to claim responsibility, nor have we been told what is required to secure his safe release. Most importantly we, the United States government, and other credible sources believe Austin is alive. We also believe the Syrian government is best able to assist with Austin’s safe return. Continue


Poldark is a British historical period drama television series based on the novels of the same title by Winston Graham and starring Aidan Turner in the lead role. The series was written and adapted by Debbie Horsfield for the BBC, and directed by several directors throughout its run. Set in the late 18th century, the plot follows the titular character on his return to Cornwall after the American War of Independence.

The series first aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 8 March 2015 in eight parts, and in seven parts on PBS in the United States, which supported the production, on 21 June 2015 as part of its Masterpiece anthology. The first series was based on the first two Poldark novels by Graham.It is the second screen adaptation of Graham's novels, following a television series broadcast by BBC One between 1975 and 1977.

On 8 April 2015, the BBC announced that a second series had been commissioned which premiered on 4 September 2016, and contained content from the third and fourth Poldark novels. The BBC announced on 6 July 2016, before series two had begun, that a third series had been commissioned based on the fifth and half of the sixth novels. The fourth series began airing on 10 June 2018. Filming for the fifth and final series started in September 2018. Series five commenced airing on Sunday 14 July 2019.

Kashmir Wants Freedom


Sara Curruchich

Sara Curruchich Cúmez conocida como Sara Curruchich (San Juan Comalapa, 1993) es una cantante y compositora guatemalteca de origen maya kaqchikel activista en defensa de los derechos de las mujeres y de los pueblos originarios de Guatemala. Conocida especialmente por su canción "Resistir". Además de componer y cantar toca marimba y guitarra.

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Makichyan Arshak A student (violinist) and climate activist.

Activism works in Russia. We have the truth behind us.

Toni Morrison

The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.

Brittany Kaiser - The Great Hack

We bombarded them with ads, until they saw the world the way we wanted them to. Until they voted for our candidate. Brittany Kaiser

Freedom for Mümtaz'er Türköne

Mümtaz’er Türköne, a political scientist and a columnist for now-closed Zaman daily, has been pictured in handcuffs as he was going through a medical check-up at an İstanbul hospital.

According to the Jailed Journos Twitter account, Türköne was forced to remain in handcuffs for hours while he was waiting for his turn at the hospital.

Social media users reacted to the “inhuman and degrading treatment” of the 63-year-old purge-victim academic.

The İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court on July 6 sentenced Zaman journalists Türköne and Mustafa Ünal 10 years, six months in prison, while İbrahim Karayeğen was given nine years, and Ahmet Turan Alkan, Şahin Alpay and Ali Bulaç were handed down sentences of eight years, nine months each. The court also decided to release Alkan and Karayeğen pending appeal. Türköne and Ünal are still incarcerated. Continue

Christopher Wylie - The Great Hack

Cambridge Analytica will try to pick at whatever mental weakness or vulnerability that we think you have and try to warp your perception of what's real around you, if you are looking to create an information weapon, the battle space you operate in is social media. That is where the fight happens.

Carole Cadwalladr - The Great Hack

“Facebook: you were on the wrong side of history in that,” Cadwalladr says. “And you are on the wrong side of history in this. In refusing to give us the answers that we need. And that is why I am here. To address you directly. The gods of Silicon Valley; Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey, and your employees and your investors, too … We are what happens to a western democracy when a hundred years of electoral laws are disrupted by technology … What the Brexit vote demonstrates is that liberal democracy is broken, and you broke it.” Continue

David Carroll - The Great Hack

Elections have been internationalized, industrialized, and militarized. We have to fight for our data rights because democracy is not assured. David Caroll

Free Huang Qi! #黄琦 #中国

On Monday, a Chinese court in Sichuan province sentenced Huang Qi, publisher of the human rights news website 64 Tianwang, to 12 years in prison on charges of "deliberately leaking state secrets," and "illegally providing state secrets to foreign countries." Continue

Portraits for CPJ's 2019 International Press Freedom Awards

Maxence Melo Mubyazi is a champion of online freedom of expression in Tanzania. He is the co-founder and managing director of Jamii Forums, a popular East and Central African website and discussion forum that is a source of breaking news. He has been charged under the country's restrictive Cybercrimes Act and, in 2017, appeared in court 81 times. Continue

Patrícia Campos Mello is an award-winning reporter and columnist at the daily Folha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil's biggest news outlets, and an experienced international correspondent. She has reported on human rights and public health stories in Brazil, including on babies being born with microcephaly as a result of the Zika virus in 2016. She has also reported on the war in Afghanistan, the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, the national elections in India, and migration and the refugee crisis in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Turkey, Lebanon, and Kenya. Continue

Neha Dixit is a freelance independent journalist in India, who has shed light on important human rights issues through her investigative journalism. She has faced legal and physical threats, as well as online harassment, after reporting on alleged wrongdoing by right-wing nationalist groups and police. Continue

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I support the Freedom of Expression of "Dov'è Estel·la?"

EL jutjats de Palma han citat l'editorial Comanegra a un acte de conciliació amb els sindicats policials a les Balears  (SUP, CEP, UFP i SPP) per la denúncia contra el Govern balear per l'ajuda a un llibre humorístic sobre el Procés.  L'acte es durà a terme  el pròxim 25 de setembre. Segons la notificació que ha rebut l'editorial Comanegra, aquest acte és el pas previ a la imposició de la querella policial que els sindicats policials de les Illes Balears volen interposar contra l'editorial. Continue

Happy Birthday Loujain Al Hathloul

Happy Birthday Loujain! We stand in solidarity with you and call for your immediate and unconditional release.

Emyra Waiãpi

Dozens of gold miners have invaded a remote indigenous reserve in the Brazilian Amazon where a local leader was stabbed to death and have taken over a village after the community fled in fear, local politicians and indigenous leaders said. The authorities said police were on their way to investigate.

Illegal gold mining is at epidemic proportions in the Amazon and the heavily polluting activities of garimpeiros – as miners are called – devastate forests and poison rivers with mercury. About 50 garimpeiros were reported to have invaded the 600,000-hectare Waiãpi indigenous reserve in the state of Amapá on Saturday. Continue

Freedom for Rashid Maysigov

Arrested by the FSB on 12 July, Maysigov says he was tortured in custody and forced into confessing to illegal drug possession.

This statement was originally published on on 22 July 2019.

Authorities in the Republic of Ingushetia must release journalist Rashid Maysigov unconditionally and investigate allegations that he was tortured in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On July 12, in Nazran, a town in the Republic of Ingushetia, a republic within the Russian Federation, agents from the local division of the Federal Security Service (FSB) detained Maysigov, a reporter for investigative news website Fortanga who also administers the outlet’s channel on Telegram, according to his lawyer, Magomed Aushev, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and local news reports

Agents detained Maysigov after raiding his home, where they allegedly found drugs and printed materials calling for the unification of Ingushetia with the neighboring Republic of Georgia, according to those reports. Maysigov told his lawyer that FSB agents took him into custody and interrogated him about his journalism, electrocuted him during questioning, and forced him to confess to possessing drugs, Aushev told CPJ.On July 16, a Magassky district court formally placed Maysigov under arrest and ordered him to remain in pre-trial detention in jail for two months pending an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, his lawyer told CPJ. Continue


No to the "Hostile environment policy!" - Windrush scandal

British passport holders from the Chagos Islands are being systematically targeted in a “shameful” attempt to have them removed from the UK, the Observer can reveal.

The revelations expose a fresh dimension of the UK’s hostile environment, showing that the strategy also persecutes passport-holding British citizens of colour.

A series of interviews corroborated by internal government emails reveal that the sizable community of British Chagossians in Crawley, West Sussex, have faced a lengthy campaign putting pressure on them to leave the country. They say they have felt intimidated by hostile officials. Continue

Mario Rega Cerciello, carabiniere

Io sono morto. Voi siete tutti scrittori di gialli.

Ahmed al-Mullali and Ali al-Arab

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) strongly condemns the execution by the Ministry of Interior of both citizens Ahmad al-Mullali and Ali al-Arab, who were executed, a few hours after their relatives visited them in Jau Central Prison. They were detained in relation with the criminal investigation of the assassination of a lieutenant, Hesham al-Hammadi.

The Interior Ministry summoned Mullali’s and Arab’s relatives to an "special visit" on Friday, one of the official holidays in Bahrain and without specifying the number of visitors, which raised fear among both families of imminent execution of their sons. Continue

Yelena Grigoriyeva LGBT Activist

Prominent Russian LGBT activist Yelena Grigoriyeva killed in St. Petersburg after being listed on "Saw"-inspired gay hunting site. 

A prominent Russian LGBT activist who had been featured on a blocked website that encourages people to “hunt down” sexual minorities has been killed in St. Petersburg.

The website, inspired by the “Saw” horror film franchise and which encourages visitors to track down and assault people believed to be LGBT, was blocked in Russia last week.  Continue

Freedom for Andrea Shakthika Sathkumara

PEN is deeply concerned by the arrest and ongoing detention of award-winning writer Shakthika Sathkumara .

Writer Shakthika Sathkumara has been charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law under Section 3(1) of Sri Lanka’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No. 56 of 2007 (ICCPR Act 2007) and Article 291B of the Penal Code. Sathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 in connection with ‘Ardha’ (‘Half’), a short story published on Facebook, in which he reportedly makes references to homosexuality and child abuse amongst Buddhist monks. According to media reports, a complaint filed by the Buddhist Information Centre claimed that the story was derogatory and defamatory to Buddhism.

Detained pending the completion of the Polgahawela police’s investigation, Sathkumara’s next hearing before a Magistrate is scheduled for 25 June 2019. If the investigation is completed and he is charged under the above provisions of law, Sathkumara could face up to 10 years in prison. 

PEN believes that Shakthika Sathkumara is being held solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Continue

Taheri the Star Man awaits his executioner in an Iran jail

A child prodigy, Mohammad Ali Taheri soon tried to include both science and spirituality in his research. Throngs of disciples attended his university lectures but his popularity irked the Iranian authorities. After years of harassment, he was sentenced to death for having “spread corruption on the Earth”.  Originally published on Eastwest December 30, 2017 | Link

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Tvb Andrea Camilleri

di Giulio Gambino in TPI

Oggi comunichiamo solo tramite sms, WhatsApp e note vocali. E non parliamo più. I dialoghi, anche quelli più profondi e importanti, avvengono incredibilmente perlopiù in forma scritta. Tramite codici che corrispondono a parole. Col risultato, però, che il linguaggio si è appiattito, il nostro vocabolario impoverito e il modo di esprimere i nostri sentimenti gravemente limitato. Continua

TPI Fest!, il primo festival di The Post Internazionale

Giulio Gambino (direttore TPI) incontra: Mario Giordano; – David Parenzo; – Luca Telese; – Giuseppe Cruciani; Francesco Piccinini ; Stefano Mentana; – Tribuna: Imen Boulahrajane, Laura Melissari, Veronica Montaccini, Elisa Serafini, Lorenzo Tosa. In apertura: Stand-up Comedy Edoardo Ferrario

Giulio Gambino (direttore TPI) incontra: Paolo Cirino Pomicino; – VladimirLuxuria; – Fulvio Abbate; – Giuseppe De Bellis; – Stefano Mentana; – Tribuna: Imen Boulahrajane, Giulio Cavalli, Enrico Mingori, Fabio Salamida, Luca Serafini.In apertura: Stand-up Comedy Saverio Raimondo 

Giulio Gambino (direttore TPI) incontra: Laura Boldrini; – Daniela Santanchè; – Valentina Petrini; – Imen Boulahrajane; – Marco Esposito; – Stefano Mentana; – Tribuna: Anna Ditta, Charlotte Matteini, Lara Tomasetta. In apertura: Stand-up Comedy Luca Ravenna 

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RED CARD! Egypt uses Africa Cup of Nations as cover for abuses.

We undersigned organizations and individuals draw your attention to continuing, grave human rights violations in Egypt, including the arbitrary detention of labor rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamadein, and Mostafa Maher, a former peaceful political activist and brother of April 6 Movement co-founder Ahmed Maher. Both Mostafa and Haytham were arrested in May 2019, secretly detained for a long period of time and denied due process guarantees. They were charged in a State security case on the basis of “suspicion of intent” to publicly criticize the Egyptian government’s human rights record during the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.


These are only two cases of many. According to Human Rights Watch, Egypt currently holds an estimated 60 000 political prisoners. Hundreds of people, including children and human rights defenders, have been forcibly disappeared, and civilians are routinely given unfair trials in military and state security courts. Egypt is the world’s fourth biggest prison for media personnel, according to Reporters without Borders. Human rights non-governmental organizations have been shut down. Activists are targeted, banned from leaving the country, or jailed.


Many charges are based on an overly broad anti-terrorism law which equates peaceful human rights advocacy and civil and political dissent with terrorism. Mostafa’s brother Ahmed, Alaa Abd El Fattah and photographer Mahmoud “Shawkan” Abou Zied and many others are required to serve a secondary ‘dual-punishment’ sentence where they are in police custody each evening from 6pm-6am. Prolonged pretrial detention affects hundreds including activist Mohamed Adel, dentist Walid Shawky and lawyer Mohamed Ramadan who has been in pretrial detention for 204 days after he was arrested for wearing a yellow vest. Ramy el Sayed, a member of the April 6th movement, was arrested for attending the funeral of Ahmed El-Masry, who died after having been shot by Egyptian police services in August 2013,he was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison. These are a few of the people whose lives are being taken away from them.


The most recent waves of arrests and undue restrictions on rights should be understood in the context of the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament is of crucial importance for the Egyptian government’s public image and diplomacy. However, large football games have traditionally provided a forum for Egyptian youth to express their political dissent through chants and banners in the stadiums. Because of this, football fans have been one of the main targets of the current crackdown. In May 2019, members of a football fan group (the Ultras White Knights) were arrested and secretly detained. In June 2019 Algerian football fans were arrested over protest slogans. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, a housing rights lawyer was forcibly disappeared in June 2019. We fear that the arrests of Maher and Mohamadein’s marked the beginning of a new crackdown against individuals known to peacefully criticize the government in the run-up to, and during, the Africa Cup of Nations.

The circumstances of their arrests constitute “precautionary measures” taken by the authorities to prevent peaceful activists and lawyers from using the Africa Cup of Nations to shed light on the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

This letter calls on the Organizing Committee for Africa Cup of Nations, the Sponsors of the Africa Cup as well as the Egyptian authorities to take all appropriate and necessary measures to ensure the immediate release of Maher and Mohamadein as well as all other peaceful activists and supporters who have been arrested in the context of the sporting event. The CAF and sponsors of the tournament should insist that the Egyptian government respect the rights of football supporters to the peaceful expression of their views. Continue

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Pubblicata su The Post Internazionale (TPI), 

articolo di Anna Ditta

Il bambino tiene in braccio i libri e ha lo sguardo di chi è stato tradito. Dietro di lui, un poliziotto lo osserva.

Non è un caso se la foto scattata da Massimo Percossi dell’Ansa è diventata il simbolo dello sgombero dell’ex scuola occupata di via Cardinal Capranica, a nordovest di Roma, dove vivevano secondo le associazioni 340 persone tra cui decine di minori. Continua

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Freedom to Grup Yorum!

Grup Yorum music band has released a written statement and announced that they will start a hunger strike as of May 17. The band, whose seven members are currently behind bars, have pressed the following demands: "We demand that our members be released and the cases be dropped.

"The İdil Cultural Center [in Okmeydanı, İstanbul] was raided for eight times. We demand that police raids be ended. "Our members have been put on the wanted 'terrorist lists' of the Ministry of Interior, we demand the removal of the list. "Let the ban on concerts be removed and squares be open to Grup Yorum. We want a Grup Yorum concert." continue

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Hodan Nalayeh

Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh killed in hotel car-bomb attack in Somalia 

Liu Xia and Ai Weiwei

I don't want to face up to it. Even now, I don't want to admit that Xiaobo is gone!

Why Was I Killed? - Andrea Rocchelli

- Why was I killed?
Andrea Rocchelli, Ukraine, Andreevka Sloviask
Killed in 2014. We want the truth.

Human Rights in Eritrea

Amanuel Asrat

Zemen editor-in-chief and award-winning poet

Yousif Mohammed Ali


Fessahaye ‘Joshua’ Yohannes 

 Poet, playwright, journalist and co-owner of Setit

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Behrouz Boochani

'Over Manus Island,

a black kite flies.

A few youths–

still with energy

to bear the difficulties

of this prison camp–

made it.

The black kite flies,

a messenger of freedom

for us, the forgotten prisoners.'

Poetry by Behrouz Boochani on Manus Island.

Her şey çok güzel olacak. Ekrem İmamoğlu

Her şey çok güzel olacak. Ekrem İmamoğlu

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Pia Klemp | Sea Watch

No To China Extradition

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I'm/we are Ivan Golunov

Russian journalists and media outlets take a stand against Ivan Golunov arrest. 

Sluts do it better! Zak Kostopoulos

Sluts do it better! Zak Kostopoulos

Tank Man! 巴丢草 Badiucao

Tank Man! 巴丢草 Badiucao

Nazlı Ilıcak - Life Sentence

If you are a journalist who expresses such truths as Nazlı Ilıcak, your reward is life imprisonment! #Turkey

Believe, work hard, and it’ll happen - Mohamed Salah

Believe, work hard, and it’ll happen - Mohamed Salah

Deng Chuanbin

CHRD Filmmaker and cameraman Deng Chuanbin arrested for posting about Tiananmen on Social Network.

Migrando, gridando, sognando

Storie di migranti nello sguardo del fumetto mediterraneo

A cura di Valerio Bindi, Simona Gabrieli, Matteo Stefanelli

Il grande viaggio della migrazione contiene molte storie. I drammi della guerra, le fragilità del lavoro ma anche la curiosità verso luoghi sconosciuti e l’energia del cambiamento.


Quali sono le sfide del viaggio, e quali i desideri e le paure di chi emigra oggi, dall’Africa e dal Medio Oriente verso il nord del Mediterraneo? Nata da uno stimolo del Magister di Comicon 2019, Gipi, una mostra – in collaborazione con Crack! Festival e Alifbata Editions – indaga l’esperienza dei migranti, raccontata da fumetti che hanno rappresentato il punto di vista dei ‘viaggiatori’.


Fra testimonianze dirette e inchieste giornalistiche, ma anche avventure immaginarie e frammenti sognati, l’opera di 12 autori italiani, mediorientali ed africani, per la prima volta insieme, per offrire uno sguardo nuovo su un tema chiave dei nostri tempi.


Con opere di: Gipi, Barrack Rima, Marco Rizzo e Lelio Bonaccorso, Francesca Mannocchi e Gianluca Costantini, Othman Selmi, Migo, Nadia Dhab, Maya Mihindou, Ahmed Ben Nessib, Salim Zerrouki.

Cerimonia di inaugurazione del mosaico dedicato a Giulio Regeni realizzato dall'Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna


Ravenna, 19 dicembre 2018


I genitori di Giulio Regeni, ringraziano il Comune di Ravenna e l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna, per la realizzazione del mosaico realizzato a sostegno della richiesta di Verità e Giustizia per nostro figlio Giulio. Un particolare ringraziamento ad Anna Agati e Daniele Strada per la sua realizzazione e all’artista Gianluca Costantini per l’ideazione. La tecnica del mosaico, nella sua storia artistica ha sempre avuto un significato didascalico oltre che funzione estetica e come Voi sottolineate, “ la comunità di Ravenna desidera essere la testimonianza di una comunità che respinge la violenza”. Questo mosaico con le sue tessere ci ricorda, l’insieme delle tante persone, che si sono unite, con noi, per chiedere con decisione di sapere chi e perchè ha deciso di infliggere una morte così atroce a Giulio. Un mosaico che con le sue tessere, riflette la luce che illumina costantemente il percorso per la ricerca della Verità. Ringraziandovi ulteriormente, attendiamo con piacere, la documentazione fotografica dell’opera e della cerimonia d’inaugurazione che potrete inviare ad Alessandra Ballerini.

Con affetto,


Paola e Claudio Regeni

Un mosaico, realizzato dall’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna, dedicato a Giulio Regeni, il giovane ricercatore friulano, dottorando a Cambridge, ucciso nel gennaio del 2016 al Cairo, dove si era recato per studiare le associazioni sindacali egiziane. Un omicidio che continua ad essere al centro dell’attenzione internazionale, non solo per la campagna di Amnesty International “Verità per Giulio Regeni”, a cui ha aderito da subito l’assessorato alle Politiche internazionali, ma anche per la caparbietà dei genitori nel chiedere giustizia. 

Il mosaico, da un’idea dell’artista ravennate Gianluca Costantini, subito accolta dal sindaco Michele de Pascale, desidera essere la testimonianza di una comunità che respinge la violenza e che auspica non venga mai meno l’attenzione su questo caso così drammatico per le torture subite da Giulio Regeni e perché si faccia chiarezza.

La cerimonia di inaugurazione del mosaico, che sarà esposto in residenza municipale, si svolgerà mercoledì 19 dicembre alle 17,30 alla presenza del sindaco Michele de Pascale, dell’artista e attivista Gianluca Costantini, di Luca Cortesi responsabile Amnesty International Emilia-Romagna, di Paola Babini, coordinatrice didattica dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna.

Il mosaico è stato realizzato da Anna Agati, sotto la guida del professor Daniele Strada dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna, su disegno di Gianluca Costantini.

La cittadinanza è invitata a partecipare.

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Un mosaico dedicato a Giulio Regeni sarà inaugurato il 19 dicembre in municipio

Un mosaico, realizzato dall’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna, dedicato a Giulio Regeni, il giovane ricercatore friulano, dottorando a Cambridge, ucciso nel gennaio del 2016 al Cairo, dove si era recato per studiare le associazioni sindacali egiziane. Un omicidio che continua ad essere al centro dell’attenzione internazionale, non solo per la campagna di Amnesty International “Verità per Giulio Regeni”, a cui ha aderito da subito l’assessorato alle Politiche internazionali, ma anche per la caparbietà dei genitori nel chiedere giustizia. 

Il mosaico, da un’idea dell’artista ravennate Gianluca Costantini, subito accolta dal sindaco Michele de Pascale, desidera essere la testimonianza di una comunità che respinge la violenza e che auspica non venga mai meno l’attenzione su questo caso così drammatico per le torture subite da Giulio Regeni e perché si faccia chiarezza.


La cerimonia di inaugurazione del mosaico, che sarà esposto in residenza municipale, si svolgerà mercoledì 19 dicembre alle 17,30 alla presenza del sindaco Michele de Pascale, dell’artista e attivista Gianluca Costantini, di Luca Cortesi responsabile Amnesty International Emilia-Romagna, di Paola Babini, coordinatrice didattica dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna.


Il mosaico è stato realizzato da Anna Agati, sotto la guida del professor Daniele Strada dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna, su disegno di Gianluca Costantini.

La cittadinanza è invitata a partecipare.

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Festival des Autres Mondes | Pays de Morlaix

• Zehra Doğan : Art at the heart of History
Sunday 21th October 2018 • 2 PM – 5 PM
Pays de Morlaix (France)

Zehra Doğan is a graduate of Fine Arts and did not go to a journalism school. Yet it was with three reports on Yezidi women that she won a prestigious journalism prize, the Metin Göktepe. It was also her desire to « go out », as she said at the time of this distinction, that made her co-founder of a women’s news agency. And it is also drawing that has taken over from the pen and the camera, when words are no longer enough to describe the unspeakable.

And Zehra has been excelling since then, both on her digital tablet, by a drawing which will lead her in prison, as with few means, canvas, newsprint, and even found paper.

She is in line with the present, testifying it in urgency, even with this lack of means. It is each time an act of resistance… a will of transmission. She archives a reality past under silence, the daily life of exactions and oppression, as much as that of women, deeply inscribed in her approach. But her paintings, her works on paper, go well beyond « journalist’s drawings ». Zehra builds a pictorial work in its own right, step by step, with and under the conditions that are made to him. The artist is present at all stages of her resistance.

His work affectively reaches the public whether they are art lovers or not. The force of his expression acts as a slap that awakens, and bluntly opens eyes to truths. Visitors question, inform themselves, discover, understand, and do not leave the exhibition unharmed.

Zehra also stresses: « History is written by dominants, therefore it is erroneous, distorted, missing. For example, in History written by men, patriarchy made the woman disappear from History. For Art, it is the same, it is absolutely necessary that we reappropriate it… »

Can Zehra be classified in contemporary art? Yes, because she’s at the heart of present history. No, because she does not use commercial codes, she draws permanently from her roots which make her present, she is not « out of culture », nor a universal globalist. So, unclassifiable, Zehra?


• Gianluca Costantini | Italian activist artist and graphic designer journalist. « Histoire de résistance ». His website was censored by Erdoğan since three years ago) (Italie)

• Niştiman Erdede | Activist artist, Kurdish political refugee. (Switzerland)

• Engin Sustam | Researcher in social sciences and specialist in Kurdish territory. Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul and EHESS. Associate Researcher at IFEA Istanbul. Author of « Kurdish Art and Subalternity between Violence and Resistance ».(France)

• Table under construction. Other guests awaiting confirmation.

Mathieu Ducoudray | Director of Livres et lecture en Bretagne.


Summer School 2018 - Manitese

Si svolgerà proprio a Taranto, nella sede della più grande acciaieria d'Europa, la Summer School di Mani Tese dedicata agli attivisti che si occupano della narrazione di temi legati all'ambiente.


La Summer School “Comunicare la Giustizia Ambientale” si terrà infatti nella città sede dell’Ilva dal 20 al 26 agosto e avrà l’obiettivo di formare 20 giovani attivisti nel campo della comunicazione sociale a comprendere i meccanismi chiave della giustizia ambientale e a trovare forme innovative ed efficaci per raccontarle al grande pubblico.


"La relazione tra giustizia e ambiente è difficile da inquadrare - dichiara Giacomo Petitti, Responsabile Educazione e Formazione di Mani Tese - non si tratta infatti solo di garantire il diritto alla salute o la sovranità sulle risorse naturali delle comunità più sfruttate, si tratta piuttosto di una questione sociale e ambientale allo stesso tempo. In questo contesto diventa decisivo, per gli attivisti che si occupano di questi temi, saper comunicare in modo efficace la complessità di un fenomeno in aumento anche in Italia".


La scuola è organizzata da Mani Tese in collaborazione con Peacelink, Centro Giustizia, Pace e Integrità del Creato e Genitori Tarantini ed è finanziata dall'Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo.



La summer school è rivolta a giovani attivisti/comunicatori di età compresa tra i 18 e i 35 anni che intendono incrementare le proprie competenze nel documentare e raccontare casi di ingiustizia ambientale.



La Summer School si terrà a Taranto da Lunedì 20 a Domenica 26 Agosto 2018. La scuola è progettata in forma residenziale e prevede una metodologia formativa che combina momenti di studio, di riflessione e di condivisione.



La metodologia della scuola utilizzerà un approccio formativo esperienziale (learning by doing) e peer to peer, a partire dalla conoscenza diretta di un caso emblematico come quello dell’ILVA di Taranto.

I momenti formativi si suddivideranno in sessioni teoriche a cura di professionisti esperti di comunicazione sociale, visite sul campo per conoscere le realtà tarantina come caso studio, sessioni metodologiche e laboratori esperienziali sulle tecniche di comunicazione.



Ecco i professionisti che accompagneranno gli iscritti in questo percorso:

Fulvio Colucci, giornalista e scrittore. Redattore tarantino della Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, da oltre vent’anni raggiunge luoghi e racconta storie di cronaca e umanità.

Matteo de Mayda, fotografo focalizzato su progetti sociali e campagne che mescolano sostenibilità e branded content.

Gianluca Costantini, artista attivista che da anni combatte le sue battaglie attraverso il disegno.

Giosuè De Salvo, responsabile dell’area Advocacy, Educazione e Campagne di Mani Tese.

Giacomo Petitti di Roreto, responsabile della formazione e dei programmi di giustizia ambientale di Mani Tese.

Helsinki Comics Festival 2018

Helsinki Festival (Helsingin juhlaviikot) is the largest arts festival in Finland, whose aim is to make art accessible for all and provide unique experiences for Finnish and international audiences. In 2018 Helsinki Festival takes places 17.8.–2.9. This year is the third time Helsinki Comics Festival is in included in Helsinki Festival as a partner event.


Guests: Charlie Adlard, JP Ahonen, Lise Myhre, Bianca Bagnarelli, Becky Cloonan, Anna Deflorian, Anni Nykanen, Tuuli Hyoén, Olga Posuh, Altan, Luke McGarry, Wolf Kankare, Itja Obulhov, Marko Raassina, Alexis Beauclair, Anna Volovik and Patrick Wirbeleit.

Free Galal El-Behairy | Egypt

Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist. Throughout his career, Galal has employed his artistic voice as a nonviolent means of reimagining the future in a time of political tumult. Through his work he has brought up sensitive issues about women’s rights, free expression and the efforts of Egyptian citizens to determine their form of government. He is the author of books Chairs Factory (Masna’a El Karasy) published in 2015 and Colorful Prison (Segn Bel Alwan), 2017. He has written many lyrics for the singer Ramy Essam, among them one of his biggest hits Segn Bel Alwan. Most recently he collaborated on the song Balaha and was planning to publish a book of poetry, both of which caused him to be detained, tortured, and imprisoned unjustly for several months awaiting a court indictment. Galal’s poetry is an inspiring representation of the energy and hope of Egyptian citizens and activists in the past decade, from the chants of protesters challenging authoritarian regimes to the lyrics of songs performed during the Arab Spring in 2011 and after. It is also a cautionary tale of the risks artists take within a state that constantly attempts to repress dissenting voices through censorship and imprisonment.

Where is Wang Quanzhang?


Help get Wang Quanzhang home to his family


Wang Quanzhang is a human rights lawyer from China who has spent years defending the rights of others - and risking his safety to do it. One day, almost three years ago, he was taken by the Chinese authorities and his family does not know for sure where he is or even if he is alive...

But Quanquan and his mother, Li Wenzu, are trying to save Wang Quanzhang and get him home safely. To mark 1000 days since her husband went missing, Li Wenzu began a 100km march from Beijing to Tianjin where she thinks he might be. Though Li Wenzu was stopped by the authorities, she thinks that the only reason she hasn't suffered from further harassment is because the world is watching.

The Chinese government needs to drop the charges against Wang Quanzhang, and let him go home to his family immediately.

Nasrin Sotoudeh - Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh (also spelled Sotoodeh; Persian: نسرین ستوده‎) is a human rights lawyer in Iran. She has represented imprisoned Iranian opposition activists and politicians following the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential elections as well as prisoners sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were minors. Her clients have included journalist Isa Saharkhiz, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, and Heshmat Tabarzadi, the head of the banned opposition group Democratic Front of Iran.

Sotoudeh was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security[1] and was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. In January 2011, Iranian authorities sentenced Sotoudeh to 11 years in prison, in addition to barring her from practicing law and from leaving the country for 20 years. An appeals court later reduced Sotoudeh's prison sentence to six years, and her ban from working as a lawyer to ten years.


Nnamdi Kanu - Biafra

Four IPOB leaders detained with Nnamdi Kanu regain their freedom.

Khalil Al Halwachi - Bahrain

Khalil al-Halwachi is a 57-year-old Bahraini scholar, former political activist held in the kingdom’s Jau Prison. He was convicted in an unfair, politically motivated trial and has been subjected to ill treatment, including denial of medical care, by detaining authorities.

Ibrahim Metwaly - Egypt

Ibrahim Metwaly Hegazy is an Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist and a member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.In September 2017, Metwaly was detained by the Egyptian security services. He had been investigating the death in Egypt of the Italian student Giulio Regeni.

His detention was criticised by the governments of the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Zehra Doğan - Turkey

Zehra Doğan is a Kurdish artist and journalist from Diyarbakir in Turkey. She is the editor of Jinha, a feminist Kurdish news agency with an all female staff. She was jailed for a painting of the destruction of the city of Nusaybin in 2017, and in 2018, the street artist Banksy created a mural of her in New York.

In 2015 Doğan was the recipient of the Metin Göktepe Journalism Award, named after the journalist who died in police custody in Turkey in 1996. The award was for Zehra Doğan's work about Yazidi women escaping from ISIS captivity.

From February 2016 Doğan had been living and reporting from Nusaybin, a Turkish city on the Syrian border. On 21 July 2016 she was arrested at a café in Nusaybin. On 2 March 2017, she was acquitted of the charge of belonging to an illegal organisation, but was given 2 years, 9 months and 22 days in jail for posting a painting to social media.

“I was given two years and 10 months [jail time] only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, they [Turkish government] caused this. I only painted it,” Doğan said on Twitter following the sentencing.

In prison, she and other women created the newspaper Özgür Gündem Zindan (Free Agenda Dungeon), whose name is a play on Özgür Gündem (Free Agenda), an Istanbul-based publication that catered to Kurdish audiences.

Her publication, Jinha, was shut down on 29 October 2016 by Turkish authorities, one of over 100 media outlets shut down since the failed military coup in July 2016.

In November 2017, Chinese dissident artist Ai WeiWei published a letter he wrote in solidarity with Doğan's case, drawing parallels between Chinese and Turkish repression of artistic expression.

On 16 March 2018, England-based graffiti artist, Banksy unveiled a mural in New York showing black tally marks for the days of Doğan's imprisonment, with one set becoming bars behind which Doğan's face looks out from jail.

Mohammad Ali Taheri - Iran

Mohammad Ali Taheri (Persian: محمد علی طاهری) is an Iranian researcher on alternative medicine. He was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1956. He has introduced an Iranian mysticism called Erfan Keyhani (Halgheh),which also known as a pseudoscience mysticism by science society. Also in the book that writen by himself, he provide's ways of healing diseases by some sort of energy waves and other non scientific procedures, which can block or reduce scientificall treatment process. He composed of two alternative and complementary medicines, Faradarmani and Psymentology.


Taheri was arrested in 2010 on charges of "acting against national security". He was released after being held in solitary confinement for 67 days. On May 4, 2011, he was arrested again. Taheri has been imprisoned and under interrogation in Evin Prison since May 2011.

On October 30, 2011, after three court sessions, Branch 26 of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced him to five years in prison for blasphemy, 74 lashes for touching the wrists of female patients, and 900 million Toman in fines (approximately $300,000) for "interfering in medical science, earning illegitimate funds, and distribution of audio-visual products and use of academic titles".

In August 2015 Taheri was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court on charges of Fesad fel Arz (corruption on earth) and establishing a “diversionary cult”. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed alarm at the imposition of the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri. His lawyer said on 21 January 2018 that, “My client was brought to court but because the court refused to recognize me as his lawyer, he announced that he would not participate in the trial. In the end, the trial was not held”.

Khalida Jarrar - Palestine

The process of administrative detention represents the most severe action that an occupying state can utilize against a protected populace under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Jarrar is detained for a year without a trial.

Ai Weiwei - China

Without the prison, the beatings, what would I be? Ai Weiwei

Selahattin Demirtaş - Turkey

The end of democracy!

Selahattin Demirtaş

Raif Badawi - Saudi Arabia

Secularism is the most important refuge for citizens of a country! Raif Badawi

Mumia Abu-Jamal - United States

Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook; April 24, 1954) is a political activist and journalist who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1982 for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. After numerous appeals, his sentence was commuted in 2011 to life imprisonment without parole.

A supporter of the MOVE Organization, Abu-Jamal was also a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970 but left the party and became a radio reporter, eventually becoming president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.


Some activists and human rights groups have criticized the quality of Abu-Jamal's trial;[4] some have claimed that he is innocent, and many opposed his death sentence.The Faulkner family, public authorities, police organizations, and conservative groups have maintained that Abu-Jamal's trial was fair, his guilt undeniable, and his death sentence appropriate. He was described in 2001 as "perhaps the world's best known death-row inmate" by The New York Times. During his imprisonment Abu-Jamal has published books and commentaries on social and political issues, including Live from Death Row (1995).

Giulio Regeni- Egypt

È tempo per tutti di agire. Giulio Regeni


Ali al-Nimr - Saudi Arabia

Our beloved son Ali al-Nimr phoned today he's full of hope that's contagious us with love life,he also sent you his greetings. Nasrah al Ahmed Ali's mother

Tep Vanny - Cambodia

On 7 February 2018, the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh upheld the conviction and 30 month prison sentence imposed on human rights defender Tep Vanny, which she is currently serving for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances.” So far, the defender has served 18 months of the sentence.

On 8 August 2017, a Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh upheld the conviction and sentencing of human rights defender Tep Vanny, who is currently serving a two and a half year prison sentence for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances”. 

On 27 March 2017, activists Sar Sorn and Nat Sreynak were arrested and questioned for more than 10 hours for conducting a small “Black Monday” protest calling for the release of Tep Vanny and “The 5” (Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, Yi Soksan and Ny Chakrya). They were let go in the evening.

On 23 February 2017, Tep Vanny was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years in prison by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for ‘intentional violence with aggravating circumstances’.  Continue


Journalism is not a crime! Shawkan

Journalism is not a crime! Shawkan


Nabeel Rajab - Bahrain

#Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab Expecting Final Appeal Verdict on His 5 Years Sentence Appeal on 5th of June.

- He was sentenced to 5 Years for tweets about abuses in prisons & the Saudi-led war in Yemen: 

- Currently serving 7 YRs prison sentence on 2 cases

Cristina Cattafesta - Italian woman held in Turkey

Italian woman held in Turkey

Cristina Cattafesta was conductiing election monitoring for HDP

Nuri Kurtcebe | Free - Özgürlük

Senior comic book artist arrested w/ routine, ridiculous claim of "insulting the president". Kurtcabe, suffering from various medical conditions, needs int'l attention ASAP. #Turkey lacks freedom of exp. severely.

Pacchia! Soumaila Sacko

Vibo Valentia - Colonne di fumo si alzano dalla vecchia tendopoli di San Ferdinando, in provincia di Reggio Calabria, dove i migranti nella tarda serata di domenica hanno appiccato fuoco a copertoni e rifiuti di ogni tipo. I migranti non hanno lasciato avvicinare nè i vigili del fuoco, nè le forze dell'ordine. Si teme una reazione all'omicidio di Soumaila Sacko, il migrante maliano di 29 anni ucciso da una delle fucilate che hanno ferito altre due persone. Oggi l'Unione sindacale di base ha indetto una giornata di sciopero dei braccianti. Continua

La rappresentazione illustrata dei fatti: l’esperienza del Graphic Journalism italiano

Elettra Stamboulis e Gianluca Costantini al Festival del Giornalismo "Leali delle notizie"
con Matteo Stefanelli e Claudio Calia.
Venerdì 8 giugno, Ronchi dei Legionari.


Il Festival del Giornalismo a Ronchi dei Legionari (Trieste), tra i principali eventi della stagione estiva dedicati al mondo dell’informazione nel Nord Est, dedica quest’anno un’attenzione speciale al fumetto.

Dal 5 al 9 giugno, la manifestazione, giunta alla quarta edizione, propone diverse mostre e incontri dedicati al rapporto tra mondo del giornalismo e pubblico delle notizie, con ospiti quali Antonio Caprarica, Marco Tarquinio, Emanuela Bonchino e numerosi altri giornalisti.

Da quest’anno, inoltre, il festival inaugura un premio dedicato a Daphne Caruana Galizia, la giornalista maltese uccisa in un attentato nell’ottobre 2017, destinato a un operatore del mondo dell’informazione che si sia distinto con le sue inchieste e ricerche, in Italia o all’estero, mettendo a repentaglio la propria vita o quella della propria famiglia.

Il fumetto, e in particolare il filone del graphic journalism, sarà uno dei temi portanti dell’edizione 2018. L’ospite principale è Vittorio Giardino, che terrà una serie di incontri sul fumetto e presenterà Il libraio di Praga, parte conclusiva della trilogia dedicata a Jonas Fink da poco raccolta in volume da Rizzoli Lizard. I fumettisti Claudio Calia, Gianluca Costantini ed Elettra Stamboulis, invece, terranno una discussione sull’evoluzione e le dinamiche del graphic journalism. Continua

Portrait of Rafa Nadal | Roland Garros 2018

If you are playing bad you are going to lose here, on clay, in ice, or on the beach! Rafa Nadal

Article:  "Rafael Nadal: Who can stop the 'King of Clay' at the French Open?"  

By Ravi Ubha, CNN

It was a nightmare - Yiannis Boutaris

The mayor of Greece's second-largest city Thessaloniki has been treated in hospital after being beaten up by about a dozen people, officials say.

Yiannis Boutaris, 75, was kicked in the head and legs and beaten with bottles by a group of nationalists angry over his appearance at a remembrance event.

The mayor, who is known for his anti-nationalist views, was attending a ceremony to mark the killing of ethnic Greeks by Turks in World War One.

Politicians have condemned the attack.

A dozen people approached Mr Boutaris demanding he leave a flag-lowering ceremony in Thessaloniki on Saturday to mark what is known in Greece as the "Pontic Genocide", Thessaloniki city council president Calypso Goula said.

Ms Goula, who was also attending the event, described seeing several men throw bottles at Mr Boutaris and kicking the mayor in the head and legs after he had fallen down. Continue in BBC

We have a terrible dilemma in Nicaragua - Bianca Jagger

 There are crisis talks in Nicaragua between the embattled long-time leader, Daniel Ortega, and a coalition of critics. Dozens of people have been killed in protests. Most of them, it is alleged, at the hands of the authorities. The human rights activist and actor, Bianca Jagger was born in Nicaragua. 

Human rights activist Bianca Jagger leads a march in her native Nicaragua. Continue

Free Amal Fathy

Free Amal Fathy

Matteo Smoilis, morto di lavoro

Infortunio mortale nell'area di Fincantieri, a Monfalcone. Per cause in corso di accertamento da parte della polizia di Stato del Commissariato di Monfalcone, intervenuta sul posto dopo l'allarme, un ragazzo di 19 anni che stava operando all'interno della zona dei cantieri navali è rimasto schiacciato da un elemento metallico. Continua

Make Europe Great for #MEGA

In the frame of the campaign, we are working closely with Gianluca Costantini. Gianluca a.k.a Channeldrawis an activist and artist who for years fought his battles through the drawing. As he says on his website: “Everything is art, everything is political”

Below you can download the drawings made by Gianluca, based on his own feeling and approach towards the campaign and the Future of Europe. | |

Make Europe Great for All campaign is promoted by a vast network of civic associations and movements mobilised by the European Civic Forum and comes at a juncture in time when the belief in the ability of the European project to insure collective well-being has been seriously fractured and undermined by a decade of crisis, EU policies which do not properly address social needs and populist responses by nationalist, xenophobic and authoritarian forces.


While, according to Eurobarometer figures, 48% of the Europeans are dissatisfied with the way democracy works in their countries and barely one out of two European citizens is optimistic about the future of the EU (56%), the demands expressed in the campaign Manifesto reflect our collective vision for a European Union that puts common good before economic interests and guarantees access to fundamental rights for all its inhabitants.


We aim to engage a wide network of civic organisations and movements, local communities, human rights defenders, journalists, trade unions and businesses who share our values in a two-years pan-European process of defining what should the Future of Europe look like. The MEGA campaign will provide an open and democratic space to think collectively upon these challenges and reclaim a democratic, just and inclusive way out of this deadlock by:

# putting democracy and civic participation at the core of the European debate

# raising awareness about the role of civil society organisations and movements in democratic processes and in society

# empowering activists to speak better and louder to promote openness and tolerance, transmit the values that guide our work, combat Euroscepticism and demystify xenophobic and nationalist narratives.

Together will all those who wish to join us in this endeavor, we will to draw up our wish list of actions the EU institutions need to undertake, we will formulate claims to future candidates running for a term in the next European elections, we will more generally feed into the public space with proposals for more democracy, solidarity, equality, inclusiveness.


If you share our concerns and want to take action, join the conversation forum, label your events and make them visible to the MEGA community, join our future events and actions.

How many people still have to disappear? Shady Abu Zeid

State security forces arrested  Shady Abu Zeid from his home at dawn today, Shady worked on the TV program  Abla Fahita , and so far is not known his place.

Je suis Afrin! su Il bene Comune

Abdullah Öcalan, il leader curdo che il suo popolo chiama amorevolmente “Apo”, padre buono, è nato ad Omerli, nel Kurdistan turco, il 4 aprile del 1948. Nel 1971, in seguito ad un golpe militare lasciò la facoltà di scienze politiche che frequentava all’Università di Ankara e si arruolò nel servizio civile a Diyarbakir. Nel 1978 fondò il PKK (partito curdo dei lavoratori) e nel 1984 intraprese la lotta armata contro la Turchia, l’Iran e l’Iraq, con l’obiettivo di creare uno Stato indipendente per il suo popolo diviso e assoggettato all’indomani della prima guerra mondiale.


Dal 1998 i rapporti fra Siria e Turchia si fecero tesi perché quest’ultima costruì una serie di dighe per imbrigliare l’acqua del fiume Eufrate e la Siria, nonostante avesse visto di buon occhio la nascita del PKK, per non far deflagrare i rapporti con la potente Turchia confinante, intimò ad Ocalan di lasciare il suo territorio, dov’era rifugiato.


Da allora per il leader curdo cominciò un’odissea per farsi concedere l’asilo politico; riparò prima in Russia da dove fu espulso dopo pochi giorni e il 12 novembre 1998 arrivò a Roma, accompagnato dal deputato di Rifondazione Comunista Ramon Mantovani, che aveva avuto assicurazione dal Governo D’Alema che il presidente curdo sarebbe stato accolto nel nostro Paese. Continua

Graphic Journalism: un nuovo modo di raccontare

All'interno del Festival "Gramsci in Città", la Fondazione Istituto piemontese Antonio Gramsci presenta il seminario: "Graphic Journalism: un nuovo modo di raccontare, un nuovo modo di divulgare"

Con Hamilton Santhià e Gianluca Costantini

Sabato 5 maggio alle 16:30 al Polo del '900, sala Conferenze di Palazzo San Celso (Corso Valdocco 4/a)

Negli ultimi anni il graphic journalism è diventato uno dei mezzi di comunicazione più efficaci per divulgare e raccontare storie. In particolare, il medium sta riscuotendo una particolare fortuna nel racconto di situazioni delicate in zone di conflitto spesso lontano dai riflettori dei media tradizionali, diventando quindi un mezzo di divulgazione anche politica e culturale. Ne parliamo con Gianluca Costantini, artista attivista e Hamilton Santià (giornalista).

Ján Kuciak #PressFreedom

Nobody should pay the highest price for living in freedom!

Gauri Lankesh - Murdered

Journalist Gauri Lankesh, known critic of Hindu right-wing extremism, murdered

This is not the death of a journalist, but the death of democracy and constitutional values. (KL Ashok)

The Karnataka Police is tracing the killers of senior Kannada journalist, Gauri Lankesh, a critic of Hindu extremism, who was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening.

“The three special teams set up to crack the case are on the lookout for the suspected assailants. We are taking the movements of people and vehicles at check posts and inter-state borders,” deputy commissioner of police (West) M N Anucheth told IANS in Bengaluru.

According to the police, at least three suspects were involved and Lankesh was found dead on her verandah around 8pm with bullet wounds to her head and chest. Television reports said seven bullets were fired at her and three hit her.

Lankesh, 55, was the daughter of famous poet-turned-journalist P Lankesh. She was the editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, writing often against Sangh organisations and communal violence in the country. Continue

Mohamed Salah Named Footbal Writers' Association's footballer of the year.

Very fortunate to be adding another award in my first season playing with this great group of players!

Salah Named Footbal Writers' Association's footballer of the year.

Mohamed Salah 

The tragedy is not only that people have lost their lives. Ai Weiwei

The tragedy is not only that people have lost their lives.

The tragedy is the people who, in the very rich nations, have lost their humanity.

Ai weiwei 


Freedom for Bahrain Women

Drawings archive for Bahrain: Link

Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) ‏

Nnamdi Kanu spoke against the slaughter of the Igbo, you arrested him. El Zak Zaky spoke against the slaughter of the Shiites, you arrested him. Teshaku spoke against the slaughter of the Tiv, you arrested him.

Yours is the black heart of a monstrous and bloodthirsty tyrant!

Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) ‏

Afghanistan, through the lens of Shah Marai

At least 25 people were killed, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer for Afghanistan Shah Marai and eight other journalists, when two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul on Monday.

The attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group, are the deadliest to have targeted the media in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, according to Reporters Without Borders. Continue

North and South Korean leaders hold historic summit

South Korean President Moon will travel to Pyongyang later this year, according to the statement released by his office following the summit.

Moon and Kim also agreed to a host of other measures in the agreement they signed.


Here are some of them:

North and South Korea will establish a "joint liaison office" in the Kaesong region, where the two countries used to operate an industrial complex.

The two sides agreed to "encourage more active cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts at all levels in order to rejuvenate the sense of national reconciliation and unity."

Both countries will hold a special meeting on June 15.

North and South Korea will jointly participate in international sporting events like the Asian Games, which will be held this year in Indonesia.

The two countries will hold reunions for families separated by the division of the Korean Peninsula on August 15.

Both sides agreed to stop blasting propaganda through loudspeakers on the border.

North and South Korea agreed to meetings between defense ministers. Continue

Free Palestine!

Cittadinanza a tutti i bambini migranti malati | Elfie Evans

Grazie per la cittadinanza Stato italiano, ora però dai la cittadinanza a tutti i bambini migranti malati che arrivano in Italia! Alfie Evans

Transnational List Council Meeting II | Lisbon

The historic Transnational List Council launched last month in Naples will meet again next week in Lisbon. Right on the anniversary of the country’s Carnation Revolution, the list’s co-founders, as well as observers representing various political forces from across Europe, will gather again to continue developing the pioneer effort to present a united political front in next year’s European Parliament Elections.

The second collective meeting among the founding members of Europe’s first transnational political list will take place on Thursday, April 26 at Lisbon’s Biblioteca de São Lázaro.


Among the various items on the meeting’s agenda, the Council will be deciding on a name for the common list, and will hold a political discussion on the list’s relation to other movements, parties, and 2019 lists with input from attending observers. In addition, the transnational list’s Provisional Governing Council will vote on an Ethical Code – Declaration of Standards, the list’s candidates to the European Parliamentary elections are bound to observe. The group will also continue discussing and developing the list’s political program based on the agreed pillars in the founding meeting in Naples. Continue

No foto del cimitero, per favore! Paola, la mamma di Giulio


Sono la mamma Paola, nessuna strumentalizzazione su Giulio, chi va a trovarlo al cimitero non si fa la foto che non abbiamo mai voluto, fatto gravissimo. Paola Deffendi Regeni #veritapergiulioregeni

Hanyie Maleki and her father got refugee status

Afghan father and daughter Abrahim and Hanyie Maleki officially received a status as refugees in Iceland yesterday at the Directorate of Immigration. Twelve-year-old Hanyie made world headlines when 300 Icelanders threw a birthday party for her to defy plans to deport her last August. 

"I feel so safe," was the first thing Hanyie said upon hearing the conclusion of the meeting yesterday.  Their friend Guðmundur Karl Karlsson said speaking to, "They're so happy. They want to express their thanks to the whole Icelandic nation and will somehow try to do that themselves." 

On September 11th last year they had received the news that they were to be deported. Hanyie had been urged to say goodbye to her friends at school and told she was to be deported to Germany three days later. Continue

Il manifesto di POLIS Teatro Festival

Nasce POLIS Teatro Festival, un evento che con cadenza annuale animerà la città di Ravenna concentrandosi sull’arte dell’attore-performer come fulcro ardente della relazione con lo spettatore, del teatro con la società.

Sin dalla prima edizione POLIS dissemina spettacoli, incontri ed esperienze partecipative, per offrire alla cittadinanza la possibilità di entrare in contatto con quelli che nella polis antica venivano chiamati i tecnici di Dioniso, ovvero coloro che attraverso l’arte teatrale, trasmessa per contagio da un dio, portavano i cittadini a condividere uno spazio e un tempo di riflessione sul presente.

Non grandi allestimenti, ma grandi performance, che per farsi specchio della società, non hanno bisogno di cornici dorate.

Un teatro inteso nel suo senso più ampio e accogliente, senza distinzioni tra generi e generazioni, all’insegna della contaminazione non soltanto dei linguaggi, ma anche dei pubblici, per superare insieme inutili distinzioni e riavvicinare quest’arte viva alla collettività.


Umberto Orsini e Giovanna Marini


Teatro delle Albe

Odin Teatret

Marco De Marinis

Marzia Bondoli Nielsen

Teatro Alighieri

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LiberiTutti contro il maltrattamento infantile in Italia | Cesvi

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Sostieni Cesvi nella lotta al maltrattamento e alla trascuratezza infantile. Proteggi ora un bambino dagli abusi e dai maltrattamenti.

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