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June 10th, 2008
Exploring Freedom of Expression

Media Components


    Thirteen/WNET New York’s weekly series of one-hour international documentaries, hosted by Mishal Husain.
  • The Russian Newspaper Murders — (Thurs., July 8, 2004)
    Learn about the risks confronting independent journalists in modern-day Russia as they try to expose organized crime and government corruption.

Web Sites

  • The American Civil Liberties Union
    This Web site is for The American Civil Liberties Union, our nation’s guardian of liberty. They work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Their job is to conserve America’s original civic values — represented by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • Article 19
    This Web site is for the organization of Article 19. Article 19 was named after Article 19 of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, and works worldwide to combat censorship by promoting freedom of expression and access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalist for Freedom of Expression
    This is the Web site for an Article written by Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression (CJFE). CJFE is a Canadian non-governmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression. The purpose of the organization is to defend the rights of journalists and contribute to the development of media freedom throughout the world. CJFE recognizes these rights are not confined to journalists and strongly supports and defends the broader objective of freedom of expression in Canada and around the world.
  • The Christian Science Monitor
    The Christian Science Monitor is an international daily newspaper published Monday through Friday. Founded in 1908, it’s now also a multimedia Web site, has an e-mail edition, a personal digital assistant (PDA) edition, and a downloadable PDF of the print version. Unlike most U.S. dailies, the Monitor does not rely primarily on wire services (as AP and Reuters do) for its international coverage. They have writers based in 11 countries, including Russia, China, France, the UK, Kenya, Mexico, Israel, and India, as well as throughout the U.S.
  • The Committee to Protect Journalists
    This Web site is for The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. It promotes worldwide freedom of the press by defending the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
  • Find Law for Legal Professionals
    This location is for the FindLaw Web site. FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for lawyers, businesses, students, and individuals. FindLaw began in 1995 as a list of Internet resources compiled by engineer and attorney Timothy Stanley and attorney Stacy Stern for a workshop of the Northern California Law Librarians. The response to the material was so positive that the team decided to post it on the Web so that others could use it as well. In January 1996, FindLaw was launched, and it continues to grow in scope as well as in popularity.
  • First Amendment Center
    This is the location of the First Amendment Center’s Web site, featuring comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics, a unique First Amendment Library and guest analyses by respected legal specialists.
  • Human Rights Watch
    This Web site is for Human Rights Watch the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world. Human Rights Watch then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.
  • Human Rights Watch (see above)
    Press Release — “Stop Continued Harassment of Independent Journalists in Kyrgyzstan”
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    This location is the Web page for the United Nations office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • The Jamestown Foundation – Eurasia Daily Monitor
    This Web site is for an Article produced in part by the Jamestown Foundation. The Jamestown Foundation’s mission is to inform and educate policy makers and the broader policy community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States, and which frequently restrict access to such information. Utilizing indigenous and primary sources, Jamestown’s material is delivered without political bias, filter or agenda. It is often the only source of information which should be, but is not always, available through official or intelligence channels, especially in regard to Eurasia and terrorism.
    This Web site is for the Internet newspaper PRAVDA ON-LINE, which was launched in January of 1999 and was the first Russian newspaper of its kind? The newspaper called PRAVDA analyzes events from the point of view of the Party’s interests, whereas PRAVDA ON-LINE takes a pro-Russian approach to forming its policy.
  • Reporters Without Borders
    This is the Web site for Reporters Without Borders, an association officially recognized as serving the public interest. More than a third of the world’s people live in countries where there is no freedom of the press. Reporters Without Borders works constantly to restore these people’s right to be informed. Forty-two media professionals lost their lives in 2003 for doing what they were paid to do, namely keeping us informed. Today, more than 130 journalists around the world are in prison simply for doing their job. In Nepal, Eritrea, and China, journalists can spend years in jail just for using the “wrong” word or photo. Reporters Without Borders believes imprisoning or killing a journalist is like eliminating a key witness and threatens everyone’s right to be informed. It has been fighting such practices for more than 18 years.
  • United Nations Cyberschool Bus
    This is the United Nation’s Cyberschoolbus Web site and was created in 1996 as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate, and secondary school levels) and for training teachers. The vision of this Project is to provide exceptional educational resources (both online and in print) to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization.
    This is the Web site for the electronic version of the USA TODAY newspaper. USA TODAY is completely edited and composed in McLean, Virginia. It is then transmitted, via satellite, five days a week, to the thirty-six printing plants serving major market clusters across the U.S.A., and to four printing plants serving Europe and Asia.
    This is the Web site for an Article published by the WASHINGTON POST.COM. The Washington Post Company is a diversified media and education company whose principal operations include newspaper and magazine publishing, television broadcasting, cable television systems, electronic information services, and educational and career services.
    This Web site supports the PBS program WIDE ANGLE, a weekly series of one-hour international documentaries, hosted by Mishal Husain.


Per Class:

  • Chalkboard, whiteboard, or poster paper
  • Appropriate writing utensil for your writing surface
  • Copies of appropriate videos
  • VCR/TV
  • Scotch tape (necessary if you are using poster paper to display students’ work.)

Per Student:

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