Keeping Human Rights Out of the U.S.

By Alex Gibney
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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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/07/keeping-human-rights-out-of-the-us/59532/