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Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit
Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit 13 November 2005 APCNews

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. At 09.30 am on Monday, November 14, 2005, at the Place d’Afrique in Tunis, more than 30 plainclothes policemen impatiently awaited international and Tunisian delegates and members of civil society. Omar Mestiri, Director of the online magazine Kalima and a founder member of the National Council f...

Alternative summit to WSIS under heavy political pressure
Alternative summit to WSIS under heavy political pressure 12 November 2005 APCNews

The Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) was forbidden from holding its event in the confirmed hotel conference room at Tunis, venue of the currently-underway World Summit on the Information Society. While the hotel sent a confirmation for conference room reservation and immediately after having received a bank copy of the money transfer for payment, Hotel Oriental Palace announced to the organisers by fax that, "following unforeseeable works in room Farabi", they are co...

APC WSIS Blog: Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis
APC WSIS Blog: Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis 12 November 2005 Shahzad (BytesForAll, Pakistan)

Maxigas — a friend from Hungary — and myself had the opportunity to go to the Tunis City Centre last afternoon, just to have a feel of the city and get to know a little more about Tunis. The atmosphere seemed quite festive, and preparations for the WSIS are in full swing. Green plants are being transported in numbers and transplanted on roadsides and important squares, large pictur...

WSIS Panel on WIPO and IPRs (Nov 16)
WSIS Panel on WIPO and IPRs (Nov 16) 12 November 2005 APC

Thought this — IPJ at WSIS:A parallel event to be held at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis — would be of interest. Not sure if it conflicts with any events. Probably will :-). Thought this — IPJ at WSIS:A parallel event to be held at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis — would be of interest. Not sure if it conflicts wi...

Alternative global news agency, IPS, focuses on Tunis
Alternative global news agency, IPS, focuses on Tunis 07 November 2005 APCNews

Inter-Press Service (IPS), civil society’s leading news agency, is offering special coverage of the World Summit on the Information Society, to be held at Tunis, from November 16-18, 2005. IPS, unlike the mainstream global news agencies which are mostly focused on the affluent world, calls itself an "independent voice from the South and for development". At Tunis, the major UN-sponsored...

Making websites accessible for the rest of us
Making websites accessible for the rest of us 02 November 2005 APCNews

On the internet, you find websites in hundreds of different languages and dialects, in all shapes and designs. If diversity in audio, photo, text or video content is the living proof that the internet is a space for true expression and creation, certain web development standards need to be applied for the content to reach and be shared by people at the margins of mainstream communication channe...

Egyptian duo among bloggers shortlisted globally
Egyptian duo among bloggers shortlisted globally 31 October 2005 APCNews

Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket — www.manalaa.net — an Egyptian blog set up on March 20, 2004, promoting free expression and human rights, was one of eight finalists chosen for a weblog contest by the German radio station Deutsche Welle. Announcing this, the global media-watchdog group Reporters Without Borders’ internet freedom desk said some of the finalists had been chosen by th...

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