Millions of people in North Africa and the Middle East rose up to claim their freedoms. They inspired us to extend a helping hand to people in areas that we were previously unable to access. We worked together with the Al Sawt al Hurr training centre in Cairo to organise the first free conference for journalists in the Middle East since the fall of Mubarak. And in 2011, we were also able to work together with local partners to make a start on strengthening the local media in Tunisia, a country that for decades, had gone without press freedom.
2011 was the year in which social media lived up to the tremendous promise it has held for freedom of speech. But this was also the year in which using social media proved to have many drawbacks too. This is one of the reasons why Free Press Unlimited decided to make a focused investment in online freedom in 2011, and to develop projects that help journalists to increase their personal safety when they use the Net. We will be focusing strongly on these areas in 2012.
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