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· July, 2007

Stories about Freedom of Speech from July, 2007

Kenya: Protesters arrested

  31 July 2007

Mzalendo reports the arrest of Kenyan activists who are opposing the proposed Kshs 1.4 billion bonus for MPs: “Finally, we URGE Mzalendo users to support the protest in your own small way by letting your MP know exactly how you feel about the proposed gratuity by leaving them a comment...

South Africa: Is blogosphere a decent place?

  31 July 2007

Anne writes about a very interesting case for bloggers and net activists, “The 39-year-old man suspected of posing as the male prostitute who blogged about having sex with prominent South Africans has appeared in a magistrate's court in Cape Town on charges of theft and crimen injuria*. The crimen injuria...

China: Released documents implicate Yahoo!

  31 July 2007

A Beijing State Security Bureau document has been released, writes Rebecca MacKinnon at RConversation, which shows Yahoo! was aware at the time the reason why Beijing authorities wanted access to the content of Chinese journalist Shi Tao's e-mail account, later sent to prison for ten years. And there's more.

Cuba: Opposing Ideas

  31 July 2007

Child of the Revolution blogs about the opposing views on Cuba held by Bebo Valdes, the Cuban-born jazz musician, and his pianist son, Chucho.

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China: Citywide taxi strike

  31 July 2007

It seems the ten thousand taxi drivers in one Chinese city have all gone on strike, bloggers are making this much clear. Local media appears not to be reporting on the incident, so the reasons for the job action have yet to be made known.

Jamaica: Forrest and Freedom

  30 July 2007

“This is what I feel writing and self-publishing has given me the right that I was born with–permission to speak.” Forrest Gump helps Jamaican blogger Geoffrey Philp understand the meaning of freedom.

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Cambodian Blogger on Blogging

  30 July 2007

GV's Cambodian author Tharum Bun interviews Borin Ly, an Internet enthusiast and an avid blogger. Borin talks about his blogging experience and his motivations for creating the blog. Cambodia has a very active blogging scene, with more and more young people going online. People who have just started blogging might find Borin's blogging tips handy.

China: WordPress plugin subverts keyword filters

  30 July 2007

Ryan McLaughlin, a very innovative blogger and long-term resident of China has just released Censortive, a WordPress plugin which converts words into images which fit seamlessly into your blog post, allowing it to subvert keyword filtering. Chinese character support is still being developed. Any suggestions?

Philippines: Anti-Terror Law takes effect

  29 July 2007

Five months after it was passed by Congress, the anti-terrorism law known as the Human Security Act took effect more than a week ago. The government describes the law as the centerpiece legislation that would deter terrorist activities in the country. However, the Opposition is worried that the law might be used to quell legitimate dissent.

Kuwait: Shadowman Puzzle

“I understand why cleavage or nudity is usually covered with a black marker, but covering this man completely from head to toe I don’t understand…” writes Lebanese Mark, who lives in Kuwait.

Hong Kong: Mainstream Media VS Cyber bullying

  27 July 2007

Erynnyes from Those were the days commented on the recent cyber bullying case and pointed out that the blogger and editor Zhou Li had also made unfair comments on Mr. Nike, as she drew groundless correlation between the uploading of Japanese AV to the increase of youth sex crime. The...

China: Reporter Recieved Death Threat

  27 July 2007

Pang Jia-ming wrote in his blog that he had received some death threats through mobile text messages and e-mails. According to another blogger, Wang Kei qin, Pang is an investigative reporter from China Economic Times (zh). In order to show support to Pang, Wang reposted Pang's message.

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D. R. of Congo: Miracle-peddlars, musical hippos and scary lightbulbs

  26 July 2007

Probably the most consistently interesting Congolese blog is kept by Cédric Kalonji [Fr], whose photographs and commentary bear humorous but often sorrowful witness to the struggles of ordinary life in Kinshasa, the country's heavily populated, run-down capital. Returning from a recent visit to Europe, Cédric found himself wondering whether the...

Hong Kong: Sorry, you have no rights to know

  26 July 2007

The Television and entertainment licensing authory (TELA) has given out 17 advices in the book fair (one of them is the “Love Mythology”), citizen reporter, Ip Iam Chong from inmediahk.net, called up TELA and Trade and Economic Development Bureau to find out which were the 17 books. It takes him...

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