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Protection and promotion of basic human rights and civil liberties. These stories revolve around advocating for and protecting human rights, ranging from questions of discrimination to the expansion of voting rights.

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How a project is training incarcerated people to become journalists

Poynter

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In its first year, the Prison Journalism Project published hundreds of articles by more than 140 incarcerated writers in 28 states. The project provides journalism-skills training and then a platform for the work of incarcerated journalists. This delivers news and viewpoints that otherwise would ...

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How 60 reporters from 25 media outlets in 18 countries are finishing the work of murdered journalists

Poynter

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The Cartel Project, a collaboration of 60 journalists from 25 news organizations in 18 countries, produced a five-part series on the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martinez and on the subjects that her killers attempted to silence: particulars about drug trafficking and political corruption....

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2 Years After Legalizing Cannabis, Has Canada Kept Its Promises?

The New York Times

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Since Canada legalized recreational use of marijuana two years ago, prosecutions for possession of small amounts of the drug have all but disappeared, erasing a major racial disparity in Canadian law enforcement. But other aspects of the country's plan for racial equity to flow from legalization ...

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The Free Hotline That's Saving Women's Lives by Disarming Dangerous Men

Medium

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The Calm Hotline takes calls from men in Bogotá, Colombia, in an effort to address the root causes of domestic violence: a culture of machismo. Four psychologists take emergency calls – about 700 calls came in the service's first month – and works to refer the callers to an eight-week "gender tra...

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Still Can't Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians

The City

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New York Police Department banned chokeholds in 1993, to prevent unnecessary injury and death. The practice has been scrutinized especially closely since the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But despite hundreds of complaints alleging the forbidden use of chokeholds, no NYPD officer has been fired for ...

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Zoom Funerals, Outdoor Classes: Jails and Prisons Evolve Amid the Pandemic

The Marshall Project

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When the pandemic forced jails and prisons to ban educational classes and cut off visits between outsiders and their loved ones behind bars, some jailers opened their facilities to remote-learning and -visiting tools. The result is a boom in the use of video conferencing for literacy classes, voc...

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