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CLGJ Report Documents Violence Faced by Haitian Journalists

University of San Francisco,  October, 24, 2012 The law school’s Center for Law and Global Justice (CLGJ) has co-published a report documenting trends of hostility and violence against journalists that create an atmosphere of fear and restrict freedom of expression in Haiti. “Freedom of the Press in Haiti: The Chilling Effect on Journalists Critical of the Government” is co-authored by CLGJ Assistant Director for Haiti Programs Nicole Phillips and several USF law students. “Freedom of opinion and expression constitute the foundation of every free and democratic society,” Phillips said in a press release on the report. “If the Haitian government is serious about strengthening its democracy, it will take affirmative steps to address its ongoing violations of freedom of expression and protect the media.” Students participating in the Haiti and the Rule of Law course conducted interviews with nine international […]

USF Hosts Teach-In on Haiti

USF News and Events Dean Jeffrey Brand | Photo credit: Shawn Calhoun As the media spotlight fades from Haiti following a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12, the University of San Francisco drew attention to the recovery and rebuilding taking place in Haiti by holding a half-day teach-in of first-hand accounts and expert discussion. The teach-in featured law school faculty and students and attracted national speakers who addressed the humanitarian response, legal and medical systems, and historical perspectives on Haiti’s culture, religion, and politics. Doug Sovern, a KCBS reporter who visited Haiti in March and spoke at the teach-in, said that more than 1 million people are homeless and living on the streets or in camps. “The extent of the damage was so severe….It goes on for miles and miles and miles,” he said. “It’s just staggering.” Dean Jeffrey Brand, […]

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