The events of 9/11 have undeniably reshaped our perceptions of the world around us. As citizens, we have relied on our governments to adapt our laws and legal processes to meet our new needs. What has become clear over time is that in attending to the task of increasing our national security, our governments have deliberately struck down many of our fundamental human rights and civil liberties in the process.
Is this erosion of our rights the only solution? Are we ready to sacrifice more of what is left of our civil liberties? Does it actually make us safer than we were five years ago? And when is the “war on terror” going to end?
On the other hand, there certainly exists a clear need for expert and effective national security. Governments need to be vigilant in protecting not just their own public, but the people of other nations, both neighboring and abroad. International cooperation between national security institutions and the sharing of information about possible threats is now more important than ever.
The problem of this intersection between our human rights and civil liberties and our need for security are the focus of Prism Magazine.
Prism is an online not-for-profit magazine that provides in-depth coverage and analysis of security related issues that are often not in the mandate of the mainstream press. Accountability, transparency and good governance are also part of Prism’s mandate as these subjects are very much intertwined with security practices. In short, Prism brings our readers news and views that matter.
What makes our magazine unique when compared to many alternative online media publications is that our editorial guidelines dictate that our content should be rich, concise and straight-to-the-point. In fact, our articles rarely exceed 1500 words in length and our blog posts are no more than 800 words in length. This is because we believe that in this Internet age, where we are constantly bombarded with information, people’s attention span has shrunk. The longest article should take at most 5 minutes to read.
Prism’s contributors have extensive experience, and include prominent human rights activists, veteran journalists, and practicing professionals such as lawyers and academics.
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