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ARTICLE 19, a human rights pioneer, defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world. Censorship Kills. It starves and it represses. It denies people access to information essential to thei...

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Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan
2013-12-04
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which informat...
EFF Joins Dozens of Groups in Call for Transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks
2014-12-11
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined dozens of civil society groups from around the world in calling for the release of the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a massi...
Five journalists get ten-year jail terms in Burma for 'violating state secrets'
2014-07-11
Reporters without Borders
In the latest in a series of reverses for media freedom in Burma, a court in the central region of Magway today sentenced five newspaper journalists to ten years in prison with hard labour on charges ...
Haaretz reporter reaches plea bargain with Tel Aviv district attorney
2012-07-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders has deep reservations about yesterday’s announcement that a deal has been struck between the Tel Aviv district attorney and Haaretz reporter Uri Blau.
Malaysian Blogger held under draconian Official Secrets Act
2012-07-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed to learn that the blogger Syed Abdullah Hussein Al-Attas is being held under the Official Secrets Act.
RWB supports legal action against secrets law
2014-12-19
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders regrets that on 10 December, 2014, when the entire world was celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Japanese government allowed a ...

Sources Select Resources

Beyond Panama: Unlocking the world's secrecy jurisdictions
Article
2016
International consortium of Investigative Journalists
The 21 jurisdictions covered by the Panama Papers data vary from the rolling hills of Wyoming to tropical getaways like the British Virgin Islands. But all have at least one thing in common - secrecy ...
Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which informat...
Content Magazine - Number 24
October 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
Content Magazine
Fighting Secrecy and the National Security State
An Interview With Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Co-Producer of WikiLeaks's "Collateral Murder" Video
Bernstein, Dennis
Article
2013
Counter Punch
An interview with Iceland Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate Party on the status of the international struggle against government secrecy and surveillance.
Files that may shed light on colonial crimes still kept secret by UK
Cobain, Ian; Norton-Taylor, Richard
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
Secret government files from the final years of the British empire are still being concealed despite a pledge by William Hague, the foreign secretary, that they would be declassified and opened to the...
Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.
Beers, David; and Tyee Staff and Contributors
Article
2015
The Tyee
Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants...
The History Thieves - Review
How Britain covered up its imperial crimes
Jack, Ian
Book
2016
Guardian
A review of Ian Cobain's book The History Thieves, an engrossing study which identifies secrecy as a 'very British disease', exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned th...
IntelligentSearch.ca
Website
2017
Sources
A web portal featuring topics related to research and the Internet. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make ...
Key evidence in EU's risk assessment of glyphosate must not remain 'trade secret'
Corporate Europe Observatory
Article
2016
The Ecologist
The chemical industry and the European Food Safety Authority are refusing to disclose key scientific evidence about glyphosate's risks, citing 'trade secrets' protection, writes Corporate Europe Obser...
Leaked TTIP papers reveal 100% corporate sellout
Tickell, Oliver
Article
2016
The Ecologist
Secret documents leaked to Greenpeace from the EU-US TTIP negotiations show that environmental protection, climate change mitigation, consumer protection, public health and sustainability are sacrific...
Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence
In a World Without Privacy, There Are No Exemptions for Our Spies
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2013
TomDispatch.com
Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. It’s a reasona...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016
Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
It's a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 22, 2017
Secrecy and Power
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
Secrecy is a weapon the powerful use against their enemies: us. This issue of Other Voices explores the relationship of secrecy and power.
PFC Bradley Manning, Patriot
Why Manning was Within His Rights to Give Secrets to Wikileaks
Ross, Sherwood
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Quotes about Free Speech
Unclassified
Connexions
Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
Article
2013
ICIJ
Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.
Secrecy and Power
Introduction to the July 22, 2017 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2017
Connexions
It is one of the essential attributes of power that it insists on secrecy. Or, more precisely, those who wield power over others routinely claim that the details of what they do, and why they do it, a...
Secret Armies, Shadow Wars, Silent Unaccountability
Foster, Gregory D.
Article
2016
Anti-war.com
We live today in an era of postmodern war. It's a two-front war -- the first being the virtual front of threats, posturing, and arms buildups we persist in waging, Cold War-style, against state-based ...
Secret 'BADASS' Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones
Lee, Micah
Article
2015
The Intercept
British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies, according to a document obtained by N...
Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks
Goldenberg, Suzanne
Article
2013
Guardian
Anonymous billionaires donated $120m to more than 100 anti-climate groups working to discredit climate change science.
The Secret Secret
Of Wikileaks and Literacy
Johnson, Jimmy
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret pri...
Trade agreements and the corporate war on democracy
Introduction to the November 7, 2015 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2015
Connexions
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated in secret, and now scheduled to be rubber-stamped by national governments on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, is best understood as a major milestone in the long-...
U.S. Intelligence planned to destroy Wikileaks
Article
2010
Wikileaks
This document is a classifed (SECRET/NOFORN) 32 page U.S. counterintelligence investigation into WikiLeaks. ``The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. govern...
US news media to be monitored to curb leaks
Article
2012
Al Jazeera
A series of leak leads U.S. officials to take additional measures to stop the public from learning about government secrets.
Volkswagen and the Quandary of Hidden Code
Blunden, Bill
Article
2015
CounterPunch
After Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, Blunden states that this company is not the only one engaging in the practice of secretly modifying technology. Rather, systematic hidden codes are embedd...
WikiLeaks, Corruption and the Super Injunction
Suppression and Information
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2014
Counterpunch
In Australia, whose institutions still pride themselves on an antiquated obsession with aspects of English gagging, suppression orders do retain a certain mystique. They certainly do in the Australian...
Wikileaks, the US, Sweden and Devil's Island
The Anti-Empire Report
Blum, William
Article
2011
CounterPunch

Sources Bookshelf

Content Magazine - Number 24
October 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
The History Thieves
Secrets, Lies, and the Shaping of a Modern Nation
Cobain, Ian
Book
2016
Ian Cobain uncovers the role of secrecy in the British state - and the lies, omissions and misrepresentations we've been fed to maintain the facade of a fair and just Britain.
Kill The Messengers
Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know
Bourrie, Mark
Book
2015
Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of democracy in Canada - is under attack.
Telling the Truth
Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2005
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.


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