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Human Rights Observatory
The ever more dangerous profession of cartoonist
Friday, March 6, 2015
Reporters without borders
The shootings on 7 January in Paris and 14 February in Copenhagen showed the extent to which cartoonists are now the targets of extremist movements. In other parts of the world, it is often governments that try to silence them, using the law or violence. Reporters Without Borders is spotlighting eight cartoonists who are being threatened or persecuted because of their work. Ferzat in Syria, Dilem in Algeria, Vilks in Sweden, Zunar in Malaysia, Prageeth in Sri Lanka, Bonil in Ecuador, Kart (...) (Full Story)

Somalia - Harsh sentences for four Somali radio journalists
Friday, March 6, 2015
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the verdicts and sentences that a court passed on four journalists on 1 March, imposing heavy fines and jail terms that seem to justify long periods spent in arbitrary pre-trial detention. All four are now free but a fifth journalist has yet to be tried and is still detained. Those convicted and sentenced by the Banadir regional court in Mogadishu included Sky FM director Mohamud Mohamed Dahir and Radio Shabelle editor in chief Ahmed Abdi Hassan, (...) (Full Story)

Honduras - Downward spiral continues for Honduran media
Friday, March 6, 2015
Reporters without borders
The first two months of 2015 have very disturbing for journalists in Honduras. Five years after a 2009 coup d'état, it is still one of the western hemisphere's most dangerous countries for media personnel and respect for freedom of information continues to decline. The climate for news providers is extremely hostile. Journalists and media are the targets of threats, judicial harassment, physical violence and murder. According to the National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH), all but two (...) (Full Story)

Bone Marrow Transplants Scarce in Many Countries
Friday, March 6, 2015
Bone marrow transplants have become routine in the West for blood cancers, such as leukemia, and similar diseases. But experts say there’s no reason why the therapy should not be available in the developing world. There is need, but a shortage of resources, donors and expertise. More than one million bone marrow transplants have been performed in 75 countries since the first one was performed in the U.S. 50 years ago. That’s not very many for a treatment that can be... (Full Story)

Full Recovery from Crash Injuries Expected for Harrison Ford
Friday, March 6, 2015
American film star Harrison Ford is expected to make a full recovery after crash-landing his single-engine airplane Thursday, shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport in California. Officials said the 72-year-old actor was breathing and conscious when he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in fair to moderate condition. He suffered a broken pelvis and ankle, local news outlet KTLA quoted a source close to the family as saying. His publicist said... (Full Story)

Turkey Cracks Down on Political Dissent — Again
Friday, March 6, 2015
Prosecutors are increasingly demanding jail time for people engaging in political dissent — from a former beauty queen to a top newspaper editor. And their efforts are likely to intensify in the run-up to June's general election even as human rights groups voice alarm over the crackdown. Mehmet Baransu, a columnist for Turkey’s Taraf newspaper, was the latest prominent journalist to hear the knock on the door from police in an early morning raid. Baransu was arrested Monday on... (Full Story)

Nuclear Talks With Iran Intensify Ahead of Deadline
Friday, March 6, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up a weeklong trip to the Middle East and Europe that has focused largely on concerns about Iran nuclear negotiations. On Saturday, Kerry and the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France will meet in Paris to discuss the status of talks with Iran, ahead of the March 31 deadline for a framework agreement. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story from London. (Full Story)

African Union Faces Old Challenges as New Chairman Takes Over
Friday, March 6, 2015
Few can argue that the new chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, does not have experience. But is he the right man for the job? And what are the AU's priorities for 2015? VOA's Paul Sisco reports. (Full Story)

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 7
Friday, March 6, 2015
We’re uncovering the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending March 7, 2015.   We’re settling into a comfortable routine in which one new song appears every week. We can live with that…how about you? Hozier is starting to slip on the Top Five, as his triple-platinum smash “Take Me To Church” drops two slots to number five. He’s following it with a new single, “Someone New,” which features actress Natalie Dormer in the... (Full Story)

The Correspondents
Friday, March 6, 2015
The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, as seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe. Hosted by Mil Arcega, our panel of journalists goes beyond the headlines to give listeners and viewer real context and understanding of what’s driving the story. (Full Story)

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