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Persepolis graphicMedia practitioners and activists gathered in Tunis for World Press Freedom Day were shocked to hear that Nabil Karoui, head of Nessma television station, has been fined for broadcasting 'Persepolis' the award-winning Franco-Iranian film about a child's account of the Iranian revolution.

Karoui was prosecuted for broadcasting the film on TV even though it had previously been approved for distribution in cinemas.

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Chisolm, Whitehouse and Fitzpatrick welcome WPFD Fellows

L to R: Stewart Chisholm, Open Society Foundations Media Program; Mark Whitehouse, IREX; Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

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On a recent visit to Nairobi I had the the chance to follow up on a few people who are beginning to use Freedom Fone in Kenya. 

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The Freedom Fone code base is 1000 days old! To celebrate IT46 have prepared a 2 minute video of the code base and its development using the awsome gource visualization project.

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Democratic governance and political accountability are defined by the very nature of information and communication. Transparency in any organisation, state or enterprise, is often obscured by bureaucracies that still rely on hierarchical structures to control the access and delivery of information.

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Freedom Fone & Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe have won the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2012!

Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa was in London last night to receive the Innovation Award that recognises the original use of new technology to circumvent censorship and foster debate, argument or dissent. 

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An Ignite presentation of Freedom Fone for Crisis Reporting was made by Fran Boon at the CDAC organised Media & Tech Fair in London March 22, 2012. 

Fran Boon presents Freedom Fone at the CDAC conference Mar 22, 2012

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Freedom Fone is not only about providing a free mobile communication platform, we are also very interested in how organisations are using our technology. Therefore, training is a very important aspect of what we do. 

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It's been 5 years since I last visited the Dadaab refugee camps, in the remote desert region of north-eastern Kenya, to report on the influx of new arrivals fleeing from yet another cycle of violence and conflict in southern Somalia. Already then the camps were home to 180,000+ refugees and were struggling to accommodate the growing numbers still crossing the porous border on foot in search of asylum and better livelihoods. 

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