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Media Self-Regulation in Central Asia

Journalists in the Kyrgyz Republic have created Central Asia’s first independent media self-regulatory body. The Media Complaints Commission will address breaches in journalistic ethics. This is clearly a step in the right direction, towards a truly independent press corps in the region. An OSCE OSCE Press Release reports: The new body, called the Media Complaints…

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Training Offered for Anti-Corruption Agency Staff

Luis De Sousa, a Global Integrity contributor in Portugal, is offering to train anti-corruption agency staff. The Second Meeting of the Network on Anti-Corruption Agencies (ANCORAGE-NET) will take place at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) on 14-16 May 2008. Application instructions and details are here: Open Call for Trainees The program schedule is reposted…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Costa Rica

By Giannina Segnini Early in the morning of July 12, 2005, nurse Patricia Fallas sacrificed her life while guiding dozens of patients to safety as flames engulfed the Calderon Guardia Hospital. The appalling state of the building — the lack of emergency devices and signs — was among the leading reasons for the fire that…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Malawi

By Suzanne Marmion If you thought your old school desk was uncomfortable, consider the classroom in Malawi just outside the commercial capital of Blantyre. The “schoolhouse” is simply a tree. Beneath its sheltering branches, children have arranged a circle of rocks. Some stones are barely bigger than a fist. Imagine teetering on one of those…

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Wikileaks Responds to Bank Julius Baer

Wikileaks responds to Bank Julius Baer, which has sued Wikileaks and successfully requested that their website be blocked. According to a Wikileaks press release, Baer filed papers for an IPO a mere three days before obtaining the censorship order. Wikileaks points out that the ongoing PR disaster for Baer was not well timed. The…

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