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· October, 2008

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2008

Corporations Agree to Standards for Internet Freedom

The Global Network Initiative has been launched. The Initiative is a code of conduct for corporations on privacy and free speech created by a coalition of human rights, media development...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Voting on the Embargo

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday approved a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo. For the seventeenth year running, the vote went in favor of the Cuba-sponsored resolution and bloggers -...

Jordan: News Sites Banned in Municipality Offices

Greater Amman Municipality staff will not be able to access news sites from their work computers, reports The Black Iris, from Jordan.

Malaysia: Press freedom ranking

Screenshots writes about the low ranking of Malaysia in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index.

Thailand will ban websites that attack monarchy

Thailand plans to ban websites that attack or defame its monarchy.

Russia: “Help Svetlana Bakhmina” Petition

As of now, 71,250 people have signed an online petition appealing to the Russian president to pardon Svetlana Bakhmina, a former senior lawyer for Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil company Yukos, who...

Barbados: MSM & Democracy

Barbados Underground says that “the current fast food diet of journalism being served up by the local media” poses a threat to the country's democracy.

Bangladesh: Liberal Voices on the rise

Bangladeshis usually have strong political views and tend to lean towards a party of their choice. Many of them ‘religiously’ follow the dictations and deliberations of their leaders. However, An...

Russia: Kozlovsky Wins Human Rights Award 2008

Oleg Kozlovsky writes about receiving the Human Rights Award 2008.

Japan: Arrested in Shibuya just for walking?

id:inumash comments on news [ja] that three people heading a demo in Shibuya (Tokyo) on Oct. 26th with the intention of going to “see the home of PM Taro Aso”...

Morocco: Barça Fan Jailed for Superlative Statement

Many bloggers were shocked last week to learn that a young Moroccan man had been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for what seemed like such a minor "crime." The young...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Political Differences

Voting on Amendment 8 gets Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp thinking about “the difference between American and Jamaican politics.”

China: “Criminal” with Human Rights Award

Last week (Oct 23) it was announced that the European Parliaments’ Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded to Chinese political activist Hu Jia. On the other hand,...

Turkey: Blogspot.com Banned

In another long string of website services blocked in the Republic of Turkey, yet another blog service has been blocked Blogger/Blogspot.com. A court in Diyarbakir Turkey has banned Blogger in...

Turkey: Blogger.com Blocked

Blogger.com is now blocked in Turkey, announces TurkeyTalk. This follows the blocking of WordPress and YouTube, following court orders.

Malaysian Media Council: Double handcuffs or media freedom?

Amidst a number of recent journalistic blunders, Malaysia’s Home Minister, Syed Hamid Albar, announced that the government has full intention of establishing a national media policy, together with a regulatory...

Jamaica: Inaccurate Ranking?

My View of JamDown from Up So writes an open letter to Reporters Without Borders, saying he was “disturbed at the high (press freedom) rank of Jamaica in comparison what...

Cuba: Categorizing

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez refuses to be labeled.

Cuba: Ties That Bind?

Steven's Cuba Blog and Havana Times report on the formal resumption of ties between the European Union and Cuba, while Child of the Revolution adds: “the Cubans say they are...

Nigerian Blogger Arrested For Sponsoring a ‘Guerilla News Agency’

Nigerian blogger, Jonathan Elendu, has been arrested by the State Security Service (SSS), the federal security enforcement agency in Nigeria. Jonathan Elendu created Elendu Reports in 2005. It is an...

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