20 July 2011

Amnesty International launches online TV show for 50th anniversary

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To mark its 50-year anniversary, Amnesty International launched Amnesty TV last week - a biweekly, 15-minute, online show that mixes satire and stunts with documentaries, opinion and news about human rights stories around the world.

The first episode, which aired on 14 July, features Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, talking about Internet freedom in front of a group of school children. There's also a birthday message from Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a valiant attempt to get ambassadors from Iran, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. to sign Amnesty's 50th birthday card.

The next show, due to air on 28 July, has U.S. President Barack Obama telling viewers what "he really thinks about Guantanamo Bay."

Speaking about the launch, Amnesty's Andy Hackman told the "Observer", "Amnesty International's aim is to connect people and unite them behind a common belief that people coming together can effect real, tangible change. Amnesty TV's combination of entertaining content and inspiring stories will help us engage and mobilise a new generation of supporters."

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