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Last Day Thai Elections 2019
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
22 Mar 2019

Last Day Thai Elections 2019. Democracy Party Meeting.

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Newsprint Politics in Venezuela (Span...
By gustavoaleman
12 Apr 2014

El gobierno venezolano mantiene un estricto control de divisas desde el año 2002. Existe un organismo del estado que, luego de realizar un largo proceso, autoriza la importación de productos que no se fabrican en Venezuela. Entre esos productos está el "papel prensa" indispensable para la impresión de revistas y periódicos. Acá acompañamos a la revista EME, en su último día de circulación  ya que la comisión de divisas no ha entregado el dinero correspondiente para la importación de papel prensa y poco a poco los periódicos y turistas publicados en el país se han venido quedando sin inventario, lo que ha causado el cierre inminente de varios medios impresos. Este es el último día de circulación de la revista EME, un suplemento encartado en el diario El Nacional .

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Newsprint Politics in Venezuela (Engl...
Caracas
By gustavoaleman
12 Apr 2014

Venezuela introduced strict foreign currency controls in 2002. Government approval is required for the importation of goods not produced in Venezuela, such as newsprint, which must be paid for in foreign currencies. Newspaper and magazine publishers say the government is withholding the foreign currency needed to buy the paper for printing, forcing many publications to shut down. This is the story of the last day of circulation of the magazine EME, a weekly supplement to the newspaper El Nacional.

TRANSLATION:

ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“What I feel now is uncertainty. After doing this job, a women’s magazine that goes nationwide every week for over seven years, it is very hard to see myself anywhere else.
This was the job I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
That day is over. They simply tell you no more, because we can´t print it.
Because the newsprint paper is imported, we have no way to find supplies.
And for political reasons you find yourself with nothing, absolutely nothing.”

(BLACK)

ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“He is one of our collaborators for the magazine from the moment I started here in 2007. “Great” (she is referring that he found a job somewhere else, they talk about this off camera) No don’t worry.
They have to start gathering in front of the newspaper,
on the stairs without blocking the street.
On the sidewalk until everybody arrives.
We’ll be down there in a little while.”

PROTESTERS “WE WANT TO WORK , WE WANT TO WORK WE WANT TO WORK , WE WANT TO WORK”

“WITHOUT PAPER THERE ARE NO JOBS WITHOUT PAPER THERE ARE NO JOBS”

“WE WANT PAPER WE WANT PAPER

WE WANT PAPER
WE WANT PAPER”

“WHERE THE HELL IS THE PAPER” “THERE IS NO PAPER TO READ, NO PAPER TO WIPE IT OFF “(Referring to the toilet paper shortage) ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“Well this has been an initiative organized by fashion designers, fashion journalists photographers, models, make up artists. They came here to support us.”

DANIELA KOSAN (TV Host)
“I´m here to support freedom of speech. They are shutting down a magazine called “EME” precisely because there is no
paper to print in Venezuela.
With the lack of paper, there is lack of a free press, a lack of culture.
EME magazine has always been my friend
and that is why I´m here. Because I´m friends with the magazine too, and because I grieve for what is happening.”

GABRIELA VALLADARES (Fashion Deisgner)
“There is no paper to print this magazine There are many printed media that soon will stop publishing because there is no more paper.”

MIGUEL HENRIQUE OTERO (Managing Editor, El Nacional)
“Since the newspaper needs no special permits and we don´t use the radio electric spectrum so they (the government) found a way to act against the newspaper through the approval of foreign currency. Venezuela does not produce newsprint paper, we import it.
In order to import it we need to fulfill a series of steps to get the government approval. Nineteen steps in total.
After you have completed those nineteen steps and you get the approval, they have to give you the dollars (NOTE: Is not free, you just exchange the local currency for dollars in order to pay your international supplier)
They have not given us the dollars since May 2013, so we cannot import newsprint paper.
We have been reducing the numbers of pages, the supplements, reducing the circulation so we can “stir up” the production of the newspaper due to this inability to import.”

PEOPLE CHANTING the name of the magazine
“EME EME EME”

ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“I do believe that this is a magazine that made history, that if it does not continue it will remain in the memory of the editorial business. And for me that is a win.”

MIGUEL HENRIQUE OTERO (Managing Editor, El Nacional)
“In the beginning they (the government) said that the delay was because there was a lack of foreign currency, a crisis. But two weeks ago “Ultimas Noticias” a newspaper of the government got 4 thousand five hundred tons of paper they bought at 6.3 Bolivar Fuerte per 1 US Dollar. This will allow them to have stock until next year.
So it is not lack of foreign currency, it is discrimination, and that is proof of discrimination.”

(ON THE COVER OF THE MAGAZINE YOU CAN READ) “Don´t cry girls, we will be back”

ADRIANA TERAN (talking to Daniela Kosan)
“I believe everybody. I mean we are not but a tiny grain in the middle of all the bad things that are happening”

DANIELA KOSAN
“Sure” (Unidentified girl hugging Adriana) “All love”

MIGUEL HENRIQUE OTERO (Managing Editor, El Nacional)
“Well there have been around six print media that shut down in the country. We shut down a free distribution newspaper.
But there are a great number of newspapers that have been reducing the number of pages.
“El Impulso” A newspaper from the city of Barquisimeto, that is the oldest newspaper in Venezuela, has paper only until next week, so it will have to stop printing next week.
I think that if this situation continues, unless we can find paper, by July a lot of newspaper will have to shut down.”

ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“It is not only a business thing, not the number of jobs that are at risk. But the response you are giving to the people expecting information in a country where the TV stations are censoring themselves. In the situation we are in right now, to be without news it is astonishing.”

MIGUEL HENRIQUE OTERO (Managing Editor, El Nacional)
“The bill for newsprint paper for all the newspapers in our country is around a hundred million US Dollars And in the last year the government gave around eighty million US Dollars. That was the net gross. Lets suppose that this year we’ll have sixty million US Dollars. A hundred million US Dollars is nothing.

PROTESTERS SHOUTING
“WITHOUT PAPER THERE ARE NO JOBS”

ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“There is no disposition from the government to allow us those dollar because “El Nacional” has a clear editorial view that does not please the government.”

MIGUEL HENRIQUE OTERO (Managing Editor, El Nacional)
“We have paper left until mid May. Nevertheless we have been able to find some paper. Andiarios, an association of newspapers, is sending us a shipment of paper from Colombia. So we can cope with the problem not in a definitive way but at least we can still print the newspaper, reducing the pages the way we are now.” This is a company that fights. If we have to deliver the newspaper with just one page we will. If we have to go clandestine then we will.”

ADRIANA TERAN (Chief Editor, EME)
“I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. My first plan is to leave the country. I’m working on it. I would like to go to the USA but it still is not very clear.
I hope that we can get to some kind of arrangement as a favor to our readers and try to do something online. It is not for sure but at least there is an idea to do so.”

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International Day for the freedom of ...
egypt
By Samar Samar Yehya
28 Aug 2013

Video aboout : The revival of World Press Freedom Day in Egypt under the repression of journalists and killed some of them.

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Egyptian press
egypt
By Rabie Fahmi
28 Aug 2013

Video about : One of the oldest Egyptian journalist tells the contemporary history of the Egyptian Press.

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Violation of women's rights in Tunisia
Tunisa
By Raja_Yahyaoui
26 Aug 2013

Video about: Abuses against the Press, especially Tunisian violation of journalists

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Kabul Police Chief Faces Press At Att...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
25 May 2013

Kabul Police Chief Mohammed Ayub Salingi faces press at the site of a major battle with the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. May 2013.

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Islamist Extremists Clash With Police...
Tunis, Tunisia
By Wassim Ben Rhouma
18 May 2013

A journalist covers the demonstration as Islamic Extremist Organisation members clash with police in the Capital Tunis.

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Henri Capriles Questions Election Res...
Caracas, Venezuela
By U.S. Editor
16 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

Carlos Ocariz, campaign chief, accompanies Capriles Radonski in Radonski 's talks to the press about the questionable election results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

Henri Falcon, campaign chief of presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, accompanies Radonski in his talks to the press about the questionable campaign results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro's was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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Henrique Capriles Questions Election ...
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
15 Apr 2013

After Nicolas Maduro was announced into presidency in Venezuela, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski talks to the press about the questionable results.

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AL Chief Al-Araby meets with Lakhdar ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
19 Mar 2013

Story: AL Chief Al-Araby meets with Lakhdar Brahimi over Syrian crisis
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 18, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 18, 2013
Length: 0:01:58
Video Size: 97.5 MB
Language:
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left shot of UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi heading to his meeting with Arab League Chief at the AL headquarters
  2. Various shorts of UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi meeting with AL Chief Nabil al-Araby
  3. Zoom in shot of Nabil al-Araby and Lakhdar Brahimi heading to a press conference after the meeting
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby:
    “Generally since 1945 when fighting is increasing in any country, the Security Council has to interfere to end the fighting then search for a political settlement and not vice versa. The Security Council is hesitant over the Syrian crisis and can’t be stabilized on opinion and this is the major problem.”
  5. Various shots of Lakhdar Brahimi speaking during the press conference
  6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi:
    “We see that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is the political solution. The ongoing fighting will only lead to more fighting and won’t solve the crisis of the Syrian people.”
  7. Medium shot of Lakhdar Brahimi concluding his speech at the press conference and leaving

STORYLINE:
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby met with UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday, March 18, where they held talks over the latest developments of the Syrian crisis and ways to put an end to the ongoing unrest in the country.
According to a press release issued by the League, the meeting tackled the latest developments in the Syrian crisis in light of the consultations conducted by Brahimi with a number of senior international officials during his recent trip, which included a number of countries.
In a press conference after the meeting, Arab League Chief held the UN Security Council responsibility for the ongoing bloodshed in Syria.
He added that the Arab League asked the Security Council last year in April formally to work to stop the fighting in Syria, and then search for a political settlement and not vice versa, stressing that these steps are followed in such matters of conflicts since 1945.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby:
“Generally since 1945 when fighting is increasing in any country, the Security Council has to interfere to end the fighting then search for a political settlement and not vice versa. The Security Council is hesitant over the Syrian crisis and can’t be stabilized on opinion and this is the major problem.” He added that "the current international system based on that when there is a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council has to do its responsibilities to maintain international peace and security but it does not do that.
For his part, Brahimi stressed that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is the political solution and that the bloodshed in Syria will lead only to more bloodshed and instability.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi:
“We see that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is the political solution. The ongoing fighting will only lead to more fighting and won’t solve the crisis of the Syrian people.” The Cairo meeting coincides with the meeting of the Syrian Opposition Coalition members and Syrian National Coalition members in Istanbul to form an interim government.
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Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF...
Kampala, Uganda
By rkabuubi
24 Jan 2013

Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen. Aronda Nyakairima warned politicians during a press briefing, not to take the country back to the past era of political turmoil.

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Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF...
Kampala, Uganda
By rkabuubi
24 Jan 2013

Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. Aronda Nyakairima warned politicians during a press briefing, not to take the country back to the past era of political turmoil.

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The prime minister of Georgia Bidzina...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions of representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the prime minister talked about the State Budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The prime minister has also talked about the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili also talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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London (2012/2013)
London, United Kingdom
By George Henton
21 Oct 2012

A selection of images from the last two years in London, United Kingdom.

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Rally Against The Independence Of Cat...
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
12 Oct 2012

Climbing up to the press podium, a woman bears her breasts to the crowd.

Barcelona, Spain - Six thousand people, according to sources from the city police, participated in a Columbus Day rally on Friday afternoon, October 12, at the Plaza de Catalonia in Barcelona. The platform of unity brought together Catalonians and Spaniards with the motto "We are all Catalonia."

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THE LETTERPRESS OF MOGADISHU
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Mais Istanbuli
01 Oct 2012

A print shop in the Somali capital tells the story of the country's two decades of turmoil -- and rebirth.
In a tiny, damp, oil-soaked cellar tucked behind one of Mogadishu's bullet-pocked central streets, fragile remnants of a city's survival clutter the rickety shelves. Their location, hidden just beneath Mogadishu's shelled façade, is perhaps their only reason for survival.

For 45 years, Daha Printing Press has accumulated an inked archive of Mogadishu's intricate, vibrant and violent political and social history. As governments, dictators, warlords, and militias battled for control of the streets above, Daha operated like a well-oiled machine, printing for all who walked in their door. Everybody, it seems, has something to print.

"Even warlords needed to collect taxes," Liban Egal, the son of Daha's original owner, asserts.

Customs declaration forms for Mogadishu's bustling port, still written in Italian from early post-colonial days, sit freshly pressed on the table; they are being repurposed for Somalia's new government. Tax collection slips and Central Bank account ledgers from the military rule of Mohamed Siad Barre -- whose ousting in 1991 launched two decades of civil war -- litter the stock room. Business cards, like that of notorious warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who was the target of a failed American assassination attempt (which in turn resulted the infamous 'Black Hawk Down' incident), fill old wooden drawers. Even United Nations Development Program reports from the 1980's hide under crumbling shelves.

Originally opened in central Mogadishu in 1967, Daha Printing Press was founded by 25 year-old Abdi Egal Hassan. Hassan took skills he mastered studying printmaking in Germany through a scholarship, and built a thriving enterprise.

By 1969, General Mohamed Siad Barre staged a successful military coup and took control of Somalia. He experimented with Chinese-influenced 'scientific socialism,' and in 1971 all private sector workers became government employees. All large businesses became government businesses. Daha was shut down.

Barre eventually switched sides during the Cold War, aligning with the US. In 1983 Abdi was able to reopen Daha Printing Press. The small letterpress shop has remained unchanged in location, machinery and employees, ever since.

Liban Egal, Abdi Egal Hassan's son, currently owns Daha. Liban, who grew up working the printing press after school, has recently returned to Mogadishu after spending more than twenty years abroad. In addition to resuming work at the press, he is founding the First Somali Bank -- Somalia's first since the collapse of the country's Central Bank in 1991 -- along with Somalia Wireless, a mobile internet company.

With Mogadishu quivering on the edge of sustained peace for the first time in two decades, Kasim Shiek Ahmed, whose family has labored behind the machines for 3 generations, and Liban are ready to welcome the arrival of Somalia's first real government in as many years. On August 20th, the Federal Parliament of Somalia was inaugurated, and the Federal Government of Somalia, the first permanent central government since 1991, replaced the Transitional Federal Government. On September 16th, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, a political activist and academic, was sworn in as Somalia's newest President.

"As soon as this new government begins, that's when we begin," exclaims Liban "Every Ministry will need some kind of paper."

The old Heidelberg printing press, its slickly oiled gears churning beneath the shell-shocked streets, will also press on. "We can't forget this machine," Kasim expresses with a wide grin. "It's like family

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

During the Eurovision Song contest there were protests, most of them organized by the opposition. One man was arrested by undercover agents/police during a protest in front of the national TV station.
The agents would go through the crowd and arrest anybody who was not press or police. This man turned up with a few others and started to give a speech, within seconds he was detained and taken away. One other protester that was arrested had heard the man saying that he was a member of the government party.

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.