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Global Integrity Report 2008 Countries Announced

We’re pleased to announce the short list for the Global Integrity Report: 2008, including 16 countries never previously assessed by Global Integrity. The countries comprising the Global Integrity Report: 2008 will be drawn from this list, with fieldwork beginning this month. This list was compiled after careful thought and debate in the Global Integrity office…

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Talking Corruption in Papua New Guinea

Last month, Global Integrity’s Raymond June & Jonathan Werve visited Papua New Guinea (PNG), where we talked with our local research team, as well grassroots advocates, journalists, government officials and academics about the dire state of governance in PNG. In the process, they identified several areas that urgently need to be addressed. This is what…

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Mobile Phones: Sri Lanka’s New Trousers

Nalaka Gunawardene at Groundviews writes on the empowering rise of mobile phone usage among Sri Lanka’s poor — and the regulators who seem determined to stop it. Just as the controversial adoption of pants 40 years ago blurred class lines, elites are fighting the spread of mobiles among the tech-saavy poor. Sadly, regulators seem all-too-willing…

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Transparency International Chapter in Bosnia-Herzegovina Forced to Shut Down

Our colleagues at Transparency International in Bosnia-Herzegovina (TI BiH) have been forced to temporarily suspend operations and evacuate their office following accusations leveled by Prime Minister Milorad Dodik that they are involved in organized crime. At Global Integrity, we’ve had the pleasure of working with TI-BiH directly and find the accusations outrageous. Professionalism and impartiality…

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Cameroon’s War on Corruption: Probably Good PR

Still curious about Cameroon’s PR initiative in last week’s Washington Post (see our previous post, “Cameroon’s War on Corruption: Reality or Good PR?“), we decided to do some additional digging into the ad. Thanks to the pre-World War II-era Foreign Agents Registration Act, all foreign governments lobbying the U.S. government or seeking to influence U.S.…

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Romania: Make the News Happy!

There’s really not much more to say here then to quote the lead from this story: “Last week, the Romanian Senate unanimously voted a law proposal forcing media to distribute 50% of positive news. According to its instigators [sic], the law will help to fight against ‘the extraordinary harms of negative news and their irreversible…

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