Testimonials — Arson fire at the GERM premises
Author : GERM
1/ Quiero manifestar mi más profundo estupor por el acto vandálico cometido contra las instalaciones y el material de la institución GERM. Durante varios lustros GERM ha sido un espacio de libertad en el que han germinado y se han desarrollado muchos proyectos de análisis de la realidad en el que hemos colaborado pensadores y escritores de los más diversos países. Debo de decir que por lo que respecta al ámbito iberoamericano la perspectiva de un GERM disminuido en sus actividades es considera como una grave pérdida cultural. Esperamos que pronto puedan ser identificados los autores del vandalismo y reparados sus daños para que vuelva a ser el motor creativo que ha sido hasta ahora.
The risky business of printing what someone else does not want printed
Author : Manuel Nunes Ramires Serrano, Oleguer Sarsanedas / Open Democracy
According to the recently released (April, 20) World Press Freedom Index, published annually by Reporters without Borders (RWB), media freedom is declining globally. The index, which measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using criteria such as pluralism, media independence, media environment, self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure and abuses, reflects a decline of 3.71% in relation to 2014 and a 13.6% decline since 2013.
The English talk about globalisation, the French of mondialisation, and both of them of internationalisation, whilst we the Icelandic talk freely of planetarisation. There is no doubt that universities play and will play a large role in the on-going globalisations. But will they do it in a sufficiently responsible and critical fashion? Will they work in an efficient enough manner to diffuse knowledge and spread enlightenment to every corner? And we, the academics, do we accept all our responsibilities face ...
When, in the second half of April, we received the news about a fire that had burnt down the GERM (Group for Study and Research on Globalisations) premises, we were appalled by the force of devastation that had completely destroyed the documentation, publications and archive of GERM, and its working equipment, including computers. Everything that had been so precious for the cooperation of GERM with numerous institutions in their scientific and research work, projects and networking was ravaged.
A sense of insecurity is palpable in Bangladesh. According to press reports, at least 34 attacks have been perpetrated by militant groups in Bangladesh costing 35 lives and injuring 129 people in the past 14 months. Victims include members of religious and sectarian minorities, two foreign nationals, a Christian convert, a number of online social activists, bloggers, self-proclaimed atheists, publishers, an LGBT activist and a university professor.