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· January, 2008

Stories about Freedom of Speech from January, 2008

Russia: German Sadulayev's Appeal

Window on Eurasia writes about a Chechen writer's appeal to his fellow countrymen.

Serbia, Albania: Kosovo Rapper

BBC's Mark Mardell interviews “Kosovo’s premier rapper” Genc Prevlaka.

Czech Republic: Presidential Debate

Dr. Sean's Diary comments on the Czech presidential debate between incumbent Václav Klaus and challenger Jan Švejnar.

Afghanistan: Journalist in Danger

Nasim Fekratْ urges action on the death threats that are addressed to Basir Ahang, 27, an independent journalist who was directly involved in the release of Gabriele Torsello, the Italian...

Russia: Khodorkovsky on Hunger Strike

Robert Amsterdam posts updates on Mikhail Khodorkovsky's hunger strike in protest against the treatment of jailed former Yukos executive Vasily Alexanyan – here and here.

Russia: Internet Regulations

Perspectives on the new Russia writes about the Russian government's plans to regulate the internet.

China: Hu Jia's family become human “state secrets”

And likely very skinny ones at this point, having been locked away from journalists and lawyers and bringers of milk formula for over a month now. Since AIDS activist-turned house...

Yemen: Free Kareem Site Blocked

Yemeni blogger Sami Noman says that the Free Kareem site is blocked in his country. Free Kareem was set up by activists to call for the release of Egyptian blogger...

Egypt: TV Producer Howida Taha Arrested

“Howida Taha Al-Jazeera's producer who is standing in front of the Egyptian courts for the charges of defaming and spreading lies about Egypt , the Egyptian police and interior ministry...

Belarus, Latvia: “Ploshcha”

Marginalia watches Ploshcha (“The Square”), a film about the March 2006 mass protests in Minsk – “and watching it is a good way to mark Ceauşescu's birthday and Suharto's death”...

Bermuda: Police-Blogger Suspended

Bermudan Police Officer and blogger Allan Palmer reports that he is officially “on suspension” following a blog post that he wrote.

China: Mobile Surveillance Shock?

Imagethief comments on the xenophobic news report of mobile surveillance in China and suggests the Chinese side to choose their words wiser.

Tunisia: Four Lebanese Jailed for Facebook Remark

Tunisian Subzero Blue wonders after reading about the arrest of four Lebanese students for making crude remarks on Facebook: “When people get thrown into jail for stuff like this you...

Russia: Kasyanov and Invalid Signatures

Mark MacKinnon writes about Mikhail Kasyanov's failed attempt to run for president and provides “an incomplete list of the invalid signatures phenomenon in post-Soviet elections.”

Iran:”Women Magazine” was banned

Razeno informs [Fa] us that “Women Magazine” after being published for 16 years,was banned by Iranian government today,on 28th of January.The blogger says that this magazine published an article about...

Egypt: Abu Tarika

Sports and politics? Eman Abd Al Rahman sheds light on how an Egyptian football player manages to make his voice count on the soccer field.

Thailand: Book on Coup Banned

Bangkok Pundit and New Mandala comment on a book that is now banned in Thailand.

China: Auditing Device for Censorship

CNbeta has an anonymous post about new censorship method. It is an auditing device for tracking down uploading and downloading content at schools, hotels, internet cafe, etc.

Yemen blocks independent news websites

Numerous Yemeni websites have been blocked recently by government-controlled ISPs. Among them is the popular YemenPortal, Yemen’s first multi-source news crawler and search engine, which extracts headlines from news sites...

Lithuania: Vytautas Sriubikis; the Hill of Crosses

Viola in Vilnius writes about Lithuanian flautist Vytautas Sriubikis – and briefly mentions the Hill of Crosses, quite an extraordinary place near the town of Siauliai, which “not surprisingly is...

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