Helena Williams
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Helena Williams is a London-based freelance journalist. She writes about international affairs, human rights, women's issues and the media. She is assistant news editor for the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and is a City University Newspaper Journalism MA graduate. She has written for The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and others. She also blogs for The Frontline Club.

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Sexual Violence Against Women in Egypt: Have We Stopped Listening?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (13:22)

A small crowd gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in icy Mayfair last night.

Arabic chanting was interspersed with English - "We are not afraid, we will not be silent. Egyptian women, we are with you! We won't give up! We won't give in!" Banners bared images of women who were...

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New Book Details Sri Lanka's 'Habit of Denial'

(9) Comments | Posted 3 October 2012 | (13:51)

It saw one of the bloodiest conflicts of this century, and yet many still only see it as a tropical paradise.

While the south boasted palm-fringed beaches - a picture-perfect destination for cocktail-sipping tourists - northern Sri Lanka was a hell on earth for the Tamil minority as government...

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BBC Journalists' Families Caught Up in 'Campaign of Intimidation'

(12) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (00:00)

Increasingly, journalists are being harassed and threatened for attempting to shed light on dark places, but a more insidious tactic of intimidation is being used.

Staff of the BBC Persian service said that recently, several friends and relatives of employees living in Iran have been arrested, interrogated and detained in...

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Will the Women of the Arab Spring be forgotten?

(3) Comments | Posted 17 December 2011 | (13:33)

A year ago Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi torched himself out of economic despair. Little did he know that his act would spark the uprisings that tore through the Middle East and North Africa in 2011.

The revolutions represented many things to many people - although each country involved...

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Forget the Bad Press - Some Journalists are Risking Everything to Tell the Story

(3) Comments | Posted 22 November 2011 | (22:59)

Journalists, in the UK at least, have been getting a bad press recently.

Because of the unfolding phone-hacking scandal, a large part of the British public seems to have decided that few, if any, journalists are trustworthy. Rogue reporters aside, it is important to remember the purpose of decent...

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How Dr Amna Tillisi is Taking Medical Aid to Libya

(1) Comments | Posted 9 November 2011 | (00:00)

For Dr Amna Tillisi, the struggle in Libya isn't over yet.

Every night she sifts through the hundreds of boxes of medical supplies lining her garage in Essex, packing and labelling, and checking that their contents have not expired. She is helping ship them out to camps on the Libyan/Tunisian...

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