Mother Mushroom Freed, Flees Vietnam

After two years in prison, Vietnam's Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who blogged under the name Me Nâm (Mother Mushroom), was freed this week. She has left to take up residence in the United States. Convicted of “anti-state propaganda,” she refused to confess, as all she had done was blog about environmental problems and human rights. Reporters Without Borders ranks Vietnam 175th out of 180 countries in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

Source: RSF

Posted on: December 13, 2018

New RSF Info & Democracy Panel

Seventy years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has formed of a panel of 25 prominent figures -- including Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, Nobel economics laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa and Nigerian human rights lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim -- to draft an International Declaration on Information and Democracy. The panel is being created at a time when “the crisis of trust in democracies and the growing influence of despotic regimes pose a major threat to freedoms, civil harmony and peace,” the co-chairs wrote.

Source: RSF

Posted on: September 12, 2018