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>The Obama administration has denied a visa for Hollman Morris to come to the US as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. 


Hollman Morris is an extraordinary journalist in Colombia.  He produces a television public affairs program called "Contravia," in which he exposes corruption, human rights abuses and, recently, the unholy links between illegal far-right militias and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Washington's closest ally in Latin America.  According to AP coverage cited on the Nieman Foundation's website, "a consular official at the US Embassy in Bogota told [Nieman] that Morris was ruled permanently ineligible for a visa under the 'Terrorist Activities' section of the USA Patriot Act."

What kind of message is the Obama administration sending?  Work for human rights and you are not welcome here?

Below is a video that I did about Hollman for Human Rights Watch.

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Alex Gibney is the writer, director and producer of the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, the Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, narrated by Johnny Depp. In post-production on My Trip to Al Qaeda, based on the play by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Lawrence Wright, Gibney is also filming a documentary on Lance Armstrong. Gibney served as executive producer for No End in Sight, which was also nominated for an Oscar; a producer for Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, a film about the jazz legend's collaboration with musical talents such as Santana, Sting, and Christina Aguilera; and consulting producer on Who Killed the Electric Car. Gibney's producing credits also include the classic concert film Lightning in a Bottle, directed by Antoine Fuqua; The Blues, an Emmy-nominated series of seven films in association with executive producer Martin Scorsese; and The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Gibney is the recipient of many awards including the Emmy, the Peabody, the duPont Columbia Award, and the Grammy.

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