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Deutsche Welle – Germany launches DW Freedom

Deutsche Welle (DW) was founded to offer multilingual news to foreign audiences abroad and to promote democratic values. To mark their 65th anniversary this year, they are launching DW Freedom, an initiative encouraging freedom of speech.

“Freedom of speech and media freedom are the foundations of our daily work,” said DW Director General Peter Limbourg. “It is the right of journalists to do their job. Like it is the right of artists to express themselves. As it should be the right of everybody on this planet to speak their minds freely, without fear of harassment or arrest.” 

DW Freedom is an online and social media platform which highlights the topics of free speech and media freedom around the world. On the website, on Twitter (@dwfreedom), and Facebook (DW Freedom) users will find reports by and interviews with activists, academics, artists, cartoonists, hackers, and authors from all corners of the world. Digital privacy, secure communication and data protection, critical topics for journalists and free speech advocates, will also be discussed. Users can engage in dialogue on social media and contact the DW editors directly. 

Publishing content from all DW editorial teams and DW Akademie projects, DW Freedom strives to heighten DW’s coverage of complex issues surrounding free speech and media freedom. It sheds a light on – sometimes forgotten – crises, victims of human rights violations and initiatives striving to improve the current situation and fosters a greater debate on these issues.