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· October, 2007

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2007

Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk

Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer of Okean Elzy band, his political views and political involvement.

China: Facebook

Kenneth Tan from Shanghaiist reports on facebook's plan to enter China and sums up bloggers’ comments on the move.

China: Online Discussion Control

Josie Liu from China in Transition reports on the tightening up of online discussion control.

Egypt: Roukana Hamour's Plight

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia sheds light on the plight of Syrian blogger Roukana Hamour, who is being harassed by authorities.

Egypt: Jail for Journalists

Eleven Egyptian journalists have received jail sentences since September, writes The Skeptic from Egypt.

Russia: Remembering Victims of 1937; Podcasting Their Names

Seventy years since Stalin's Great Terror of 1937, many Russians are ignorant of their country's horrible past, Windows on Eurasia reports. Nevertheless, hundreds of people came to Lubyanka yesterday to...

Russia: Chessbase on Kasparov

Siberian Light notes the reaction of Chessbase to the angry readers protesting coverage of Garry Kasparov's political involvement.

Burkina Faso: Blogs Help Burkinabe Skirt Censorship

In Burkina Faso, blogging is more than a pastime. It is the eyes and ears of thousands of net users. That's why from October 11th to the 17th, during the...

Uzbekistan: Requiem to Slain Journalist

Bboyd's post in memoriam to Alisher Saipov, an Uzbek journalist brutally murdered in Osh (Kyrgyzstan), says that Saipov was a strong critic of Uzbek regime and published an independent newspaper...

China and Hong Kong: Netizens Criticize Arrogant CCTV Reporter

A CCTV reporter, Zhou Tao, had the company van scratched in a minor car accident in the Hong Kong airport. He called the police and the investigation took 4 hours....

Russia: Artists for Khodorkovsky, Against Putin

Robert Amsterdam reports on a classical music concert in Paris in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other political prisoners, and on the anti-Putin part of the Russian community of “cultural...

Poland: Roman Giertych's Out of Politics

The beatroot is wondering who he is going to “write about for the next two years,” now that Roman Giertych has been forced out of politics, along with his party,...

Morocco: Stop Internet Censorship!

In March of 2006, Livejournal, the popular blogging site, was blocked by the state-controlled telecommunications provider Maroc Telecom (a subsidiary of Vivendi International), depriving Moroccan citizens of access to the...

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados: Song for Burma

The Bajan Reporter discovers a wonderful new song recorded by Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian David Rudder in support of the people of Burma.

Uzbekistan: Another Voice Silenced

Beaudi's Blog reflects on the brutal murder of the 26-year-old Uzbek journalist in the town of Osh in the neighboring Kyrgyzstan. He was remarkably well known and respected around Central...

China: Chinese Nominees for the BoBs

This year the Best of Blogs voting has started in Oct 22, 2007. You can cast your vote online for the best weblogs, videoblogs and podcasts. According to Deutsche Welle,...

Russia: Bloggers On George W. Bush and “Russian DNA”

The U.S. president's recent comments about "Russian DNA" did not cause as much of an uproar as did race comments by James Watson, a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA...

Syrian blogger Roukana Hamour has been Kidnapped

Update: Last night (October 26), we've received a call from Rokana Hamour. She is fine. She has been interrogated by the Syrian Security Services about a comment left on her...

Barbados, Dominica: Journalist Sued

“It all started when The Times published an article asking how it was that the Prime Minister acquired a million dollars worth of real estate on his politician’s salary”: Barbados...

China: Official excess met with humor, scorn, death threats

Bloggers for some reason kept mostly or dead quiet about the 17th Party Congress while it was being held during the third week of this month, and now that it's...

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