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  APRIL 17, 2012
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Top Stories
Democracy Service Medal presented in Cuba. more  
NED welcomes four new members to Board. more
NED's Brian Joseph on developments in Burma. more
Zimbabwe grantee honored for human rights work. more
Democracy Spotlight
Democracy Service Medal Presented in Cuba
In an unprecedented act of international solidarity, the National Endowment for Democracy presented its Democracy Service medal to the family and colleagues of Laura Pollán in Havana.


Medal Presentation in HavanaNED Vice-Chair Judy Shelton (second from right) presented it in person to Berta Soler, the leader of the Damas de Blanco movement founded by Laura Pollán; Héctor Maseda Guitiérrez, Pollán's widower and a journalist who spent eight years imprisoned by the Cuban government; and Laura Labrada Pollán, Pollán's daughter and a member of the Damas de Blanco. more


To express solidarity with activists in Cuba, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) has organized a signature campaign to highlight the denial of freedom, democracy and basic human rights to the island's people. All are invited to sign. more
News & Events


NED Welcomes Four to Board of Directors

Michelle Dunne (Atlantic Council); Marilyn Carlson Nelson (Carlson); Fred Redmond (United Steelworkers, A. Phillip Randolph Institute); and Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton University) began their first three-year terms on the NED Board of Directors. more

Brian Joseph, NED Senior Director for Asia and Global Programs, has spoken and written extensively on the recent changes in Burma. more 


"Burma's women are paving the road to democracy," by Jean Geran on highlights the role of NED in supporting small exile organizations. more



Cofounder Jenni Williams of NED grantee Women of Zimbabwe Arise was honored by Amnesty International for her courageous human rights work. more  


North Korea
"What North Koreans really think of Kim Jong-un" in the London Telegraph highlights NED grantee DailyNK. more

"A Brave and Independent Russian Editor," is a profile of Gregory Shevedov, founder and editor of NED grantee Caucasian Knot (Kavkazkii Uzel), appearing in The Nation magazine (April 9, 2012). more  
NED Senior Program Officer Ivana Howard participated in a panel discussion at Johns Hopkins SAIS featuring fellow contributors to the recently published book, Unfinished Business: the Western Balkans and the International Community. more 



Birtukan Midekssa, Ethiopian dissident and NED Reagan-Fascell Fellow, was interviewed by Tadias Magazinemore


Digital Media in the Arab WorldNew CIMA Reports
Digital Media in the Arab World One Year After the Revolutions, by lawyer and writer Jeffrey Ghannam. more 


Dangerous Work: Violence Against Mexico's Journalists and Lessons from Colombia, by national security consultant and analyst Douglas Farah. more


Upcoming and Past Events
May 1, 2012, 4:00-7:00pm: Celebrate CIMA's fifth anniversary, World Press Freedom Day, and the launch of CIMA's second edition of Empowering Independent Media, at NED. more



April 12, 2012: The Digital Switch in Post-Soviet Space: a Tool for Dictatorship or Democracy? a CIMA event at NED, featuring author John Burgess (Throwing the Switch: Challenges in the Conversion to Digital Broadcasting). more


April 4, 2012: Beyond Protest: Innovations in Youth Activism, at NED. more


Videos for most events are archived online. more