Amnesty TV gets serious with comedy

London, 26th August 2011: In the fourth episode of Amnesty TV, which goes live today, comedians take time out at Edinburgh Festival to bring viewers exclusive material about the big human rights stories of the day. Amnesty International, producers of the infamous Secret Policeman’s Ball, has always had great support from comedians, who value the right to freedom of speech more than most.

Fresh from the Fringe, Amnesty TV proves once more that even news which is no laughing matter, can be hilarious. The episode features an exclusive soliloquy by British comedy writer Tim Key and an Amnesty International Human Rights Jokes film featuring Joel Dommet.

Other highlights from episode four include:
• Notes on how to broadcast a farewell as a failed dictator
• Discussion of David Cameron’s proposal to limit internet access to rioters

The fortnightly 15 minute magazine-style show, that mixes satirical comedy, stunts, breaking-news exclusives, short documentaries and outspoken opinion with global human rights campaigns, launched on the 15th July and the first three episodes are available to view at www.amnestytv.co.uk .   Previous Amnesty TV highlights included a polemic on internet freedom by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a mash-up of a speech by Obama on Guantanamo Bay by the infamous Cassetteboy and an exclusive documentary by Chris Atkins blowing the whistle on British high street banks and their involvement in the manufacturing of cluster bombs.
  Time Out hails  Amnesty TV as, “hilarious” saying that “comedy is interspersed with more traditional Amnesty fare and, amidst the laughter, the weightiness is even more pronounced.”
  To watch episode four of Amnesty TV visit www.amnestytv.co.uk /div>

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