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· April, 2006

Stories about Freedom of Speech from April, 2006

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...

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‘.

Russia: Protes in Ufa Ignored by Media

As a discussion of media ownership and censorship in Russia is taking place at Russia Blog, Daut of Ufa Blog writes about a recent protest rally in Bashkortostan's capital that...

Belarus: BBC Responds to Blogger

BBC responds to David McDuff of A Step At A Time regarding the possibility of broadcasts in the Belarusian language in Belarus – in addition to broadcasts in Russian, Ukrainian...

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...

Belarus: Milinkevich Arrested and Sentenced

Belarus bloggers react to the news of Aleksandr Milinkevich's arrest: Andrei Khrapavitski points out that “today practically all the key names of the Belarusian oppositions have appeared on prison rolls;”...

China: Rock festival coming

Friend Gram at Holidarity pulls quotes from the organizer of The Midi Festival—China's biggest each year—to be held in Beijing during the Golden Week holiday next week. “Before you could...

Taiwan: Punks still DIYing

Sack Be Jim at gotmahmojo finds DIY punk ethic, graffiti and a seldom-seen side of Taiwanese society while visiting a collective of artists squatting in an abandoned building in the...

Polish Blogosphere Update

Ever wonder what a day in the life of someone living in Poland would look like condensed into a 10-minute video? Neither did I until I came to Poland. The...

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: Charnobylski Shlyakh Arrests

Iryna of TOL's Belarus Blog writes about more arrests and detentions in Belarus, following yesterday's protest rally “Charnobylski Shlyakh.” She also quotes Syarhei Kaliakin, an opposition activist: “20 years ago...

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...

Russia: Kateryna Chumachenko's 1983 Letter

Michael Averko, a Diaspora Russian contributing to Russia Blog, writes about the letter that Kateryna Chumachenko, a (formerly) Diaspora Ukrainian wife of president Yushchenko, wrote to the Washington Times 23...

China: Detained writers remembered

Has it really been a year since Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong was charged by China for spying? And two months since Beijing or Bust blogger Wu Hao's arrest for...

China: Photoblogs—translation not needed

In the write-at-your-own-risk world of blogging in China, there are no fine lines between what's acceptable, what will get you blocked and what will get you thrown in jail. Lists...

Marriage, Birthday and identity crisis in the Moroccan blogosphere

I'll start today with some good news. The first one: Morocco is among the four African countries which count the biggest numbers of internet users in a continent where only...

China: Technorati blocked

Technorati has been blocked. Albeit limited, Technorati used to be the best Chinese-language aggregating one could hope to get.

Nepal Revolution: Victory

The king has accepted the seven party alliance's roadmap.

Russia: Svetlana Bakhmina's Sentence A “Replay” of the 1930s

Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog writes that the case of the former Yukos lawyer Svetlana Bakhmina might be a “replay” of the 1930s and deserves “international interference or protests.”...

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