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One of the most moving moments at last week's Open Government Partnership conference, where the representatives of over 50 countries gathered to pledge their commitment to open and transparent government, was when Yemeni editor and anti-censorship activist Walid al-Saqaf, said he wanted his 11-year-old daughter to be a journalist – and to be safe.


Saqaf said secrecy, corruption and nepotism had been part of the daily habits of the former regime in Yemen, under former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted in February. He said the countries involved in the Arab spring face a huge challenge to overturn this embedded culture of secrecy to create more transparent, open government.