Stories about Digital Activism from April, 2006
Rep. of Congo: Activists Free At Last
Le Pangolin celebrates (FR) the liberation of human rights activists Mounzeo Christian and Brice Massoko. But the blogger cautions vigilance because “they are not yet completely free to go about .” He adds: “dictators are afraid of publicity regarding their ugly ways. Since they like to act as saints, we...
Iran: Blogger Remains in Jail!
Webgardian writes according to ILNA (Iran Labour National Agency) Arash Sigarchi's, jailed blogger & journalist, appeal was rejected by Supreme Court. He must stay in jail for three years.
Belarus: Support for Jailed Opposition Leaders
Minsk, March 2006 – by anonymous: “One young woman was arrested while standing outside an internet cafe near October Square on Monday, as the tent camp was formed. She was released after three days, and returned on Friday to the prison walls to hand out letters from other detainees she...
China: Blogger still held
With help from her father and friends, Nina Wu—older sister of illegally-detained Beijing or Bust blogger Hao Wu—has become a one-woman lobbying force as seen in today's post ‘contact‘.
Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere
Football and ice hockey, hijab and fatwas, bloggers meetups, and much much more from the Saudi blogosphere this week. Let's go… Starting with Swalfy, who did not seem so surprised that Riyadh Gitex, which supposed to be the biggest IT exhibition in Saudi Arabia does not has a website. He...
DRC: Blogger Wants to Petition T.I.
Blogger Tony Katombe proposes (FR) on Prince du Fleuve du Congo that he and compatriots from the country and abroad petition Transparency International to “investigate the allegations of the implication of Louis Michel, William Lacy Swing, Aldo Ajello and other international officials in the illicit exploitation of mining resources in...
Belarus: Photos From Charnobylski Shlyakh
LJ users andrews_kovas and eugene_grabkin post their photo reports from Charnobylski Shlyakh, a protest rally that took place in Minsk yesterday.
Belarus: Graffiti Artist Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence
David McDuff of A Step At A Time links to an item at Maidan about a young Belarusian facing seven to 12 years in prison for having written “We want something new!” on the wall of a building in Minsk.
Belize: VoIP blocked by local telecom
Melody reports that Belize Telecommunications Limited has been blocking VoIP connections in the country and calls for users’ assistance in surveying the effects of the blocking on their internet usage. “They have gone as far as jamming chat and messenger programs like GoogleTalk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Voice and other,” Melody...
AddisFerengi returns as Ethiopia's blogosphere explodes
AddisFerengi, one of Ethiopia's most controversial bloggers, was back in business this week with a load of back-dated posts, after temporarily shutting herself down and leaving the country amid claims of threats and warnings over her safety. The French citizen and now former resident of Addis Ababa told her whole...
Bloglogue: US Dollars & Democracy in Iran!
Bloglogue’s first issue was about Iran in Media and several bloggers & non bloggers from different countries took part in discussion. Second issue is about a very hot issue: US 75 million dollars help to promote democracy in Iran. Five bloggers including two Americans, one Finnish and two Iranians joined...
Media from the Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace Conference
Audio and video notes from the event are online at the conference blog. The conference was held in the Philippines from April 19 to 20th and was attended by prominent bloggers and activists from across Asia.
Helping Russian Orphans
On March 19, a group of wonderful, kind people from Moscow took presents acquired on donations from ordinary Muscovites to an orphanage in Ivanovo, home to 122 children (o to 4 years old), most of whom have various disabilities. The effort – one of the many – was coordinated online...
China: Missing persons unbloggable
With screenshots and a statement from Microsoft, the Asiapundit blogger counters the assumption of some that the MSN Spaces blog of illegally-detained Beijing or Bust blogger Wu Hao‘s sister Nina has been blocked: “There was an outage of the service for those who were using China Telecom's ISP service –...
Nepal Revolution: Showdown
The king is nowhere close to seeing the light.
Rep. of Congo: Campaign to Release Two Political Prisoners
At Le Pangolin , Musi Kanda calls (FR) for a letter faxing drive to President Denis Sassou N'Guesso to demand the release of Christian Mounzéo and Brice Mackosso, two human rights activists he says are being detained on fake charges. Mr. Kanda is outraged by the lack of activism on...
Jedi elections. In Singapore?
mrbrown emphasises that his most recent podcast does not contain “explicit political content” because that is prohibited during the election period under the Singapore's Election Advertising Regulations. Instead it is about “a galaxy far far away” which happens to contain a complex civilisation holding elections.
Manila – blogging conference capital
In the Philippines many bloggers are, understandably, excited by not one but two conferences on blogging and the internet taking place in the capital Manila. In one part of town there is the second Philippine Blogging Summit iBlog2. Blogger disini judges it a success: We had more speakers (5 times...
Singapore politician blog
As election fever heightens in Singapore – speculation is becoming intense that an election date will be announced very soon – opposition political activist and blogger Goh Meng Seng gives a rousing post Time For Battle as he announces blog silence for three weeks.
China: Detained blogger missed
Nina, sister of illegally-detained Beijing or Bust blogger Wu Hao, spent the last few hours of his thirty-fourth birthday unable to access the MSN Spaces blog on which she documents the efforts being made to learn of her brother's whereabouts and secure his release. “My little brother also has an...