The Roundup

While the internet is officially on its way to becoming less free as Europe triggers Article 13, the planet melting faster than we thought, and Brexit uncertainly continues to linger over Europe, we talked about healing, reparations and the long walk towards freedom and justice.  

Welcome back to The Round Up, FairPlanet's weekly newsletter, bringing you the good, the bad and the ugly. Yet we never cease to sprinkle our reporting with hope and a chance to take action.

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The good
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More people than ever have access to clean water

Access to improved water sources is increasing across the world, rising from 76 percent of the global population in 1990, to 91 percent in 2015 – with that figure estimated to be higher today. 

In 2000, as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world came together and pledged to half the proportion of people unable to reach clean water. The world surpassed this target by 2010, increasing access to 91 percent by 2015.

Sounds good, however, in other words 780 million people still lack access to clean water which is more than the entire population of the European continent.

So there is still a way to go to reach 100 percent. That we should not forget until every person can claim their right to clean water. 

The bad

In India, a country with a population of 1.3 billion citizens, it's reported that there are as many of 11 million children living on the street, vulnerable to kidnapping, abuse and trafficking. 


Reach and protect street children in India

by Yair Oded

Railway Children provide assistance, support, and protection for thousands of street children across India. Learn how you can help.
About Healing
Jacinda Ardern

Heal it like the Kiwis

by Shadi Khan Saif

“As a nation, as one, we will pay our respects to those who died in Christchurch” stated Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
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Where do Democrats stand on slavery reparations?

by Yair Oded

Democratic presidential candidates face a new litmus test regarding race issues: their position on reparations for descendants of slavery.
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Human rights month in SA: the long walk to freedom

by Bob Koigi

South Africa prides itself as benchmark for democracy and progressive rights, but the government should use this month to place a pulse on its human rights.
Art Matters

"Who has won this war?"

by Pablo Pérez Álvarez

The Colombian artists Wilson Arango and Edna Sierra have directed and produced, respectively, ‘Route 60’, a short documentary released this month. 

Senegambian Vibes

by Frank Odenthal

West Africa is well-known throughout the world for its creative music scene. The vibrating, impulsive, but also melancholic sounds created by the mix of traditional tunes from the many cultures of the region and modern ingredients of hip-hop, rap, jazz and many other elements are being enjoyed by more and more people around the globe.

Monetizing plastic waste through art … Serge Attukey shows the way

by Kwabena Adu Koranteng

Renowned American sociologist, Charles Horton Cooley once said “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one”. This is exactly what Serge Attukwei Clottey is doing by transforming plastic waste into impressive artworks to create jobs, generate wealth and protect the environment in his endeavor.
Scapegoating the Vulnerable
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Far-right Italian decree throws future of immigrants into uncertainty

by Federica Tedeschi

‘Vulnerable migrants made homeless after Italy passes Salvini decree’, reported the national press last November, soon after the Italian parliament adopted the decree that has caused a stir up and down the country and beyond the Italian borders.
Country focus
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With 60 million citizens according to a 2016 census, Italy, the European nation, shares its borders with Austria, France, the Holy See (Vatican City), San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland. It also has maritime borders with Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Greece, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Spain, and Tunisia. Its central geo-location within Europe and its complex relationship with the EU have put Italy a centre stage in the recent migration coverage.

Since the so-called 'European migration crisis' began in the summer of 2015, Italy has been a crucial touch point in the migration route from Africa — with migrant boats often leaving from the coast of Tunisia and its neighbours — on the dangerous, brave, and difficult journey for a better life. It has been reported that despite the rise of far-right with Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, migration has revived some of the most remote villages across Italy. 

May we introduce
Federica Tedeschi

Federica is a London-based journalist with professional experience in the UK, Italy and Malta. She cooperates with a number of national and international titles covering a range of subjects from human rights to economics. 

Previously a senior reporter with EL Gazette, she is passionate about any aspects of communication and journalism with a focus on worldwide current affairs and particularly on politics, environment and healthcare. Federica is currently specialising in video production. 

In London she is also a member of two committees within the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Federica, considering the present political situation in Italy, was does the work as a journalist mean for you?

While all journalists can find their way of bringing to light the most obscure issues, they aren't always ‘allowed’ to share the truth, and fulfil their mission of giving a voice to the voiceless. Italy is no exception. And while the current right-wing coalition government does not help, we have to dig a little deeper to understand the difficulties of being an Italian journalist in the boot-shaped country. Italy has one of Europe's lowest press freedom rankings, with the mafia being one of the biggest threats to media freedom. At the same time, the main political parties have a strong influence on most media outlets.

I think it is somehow a privilege to be based abroad while contributing to the Italian community by sharing the dark side of Italy’s political situation internationally.

Follow Federica on Twitter: @FedericaLondon