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· October, 2009

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2009

Martinique: Free your mind, free your hair

Blogger Imaniyé from Martinique reports the creation of a Facebook group [Fr] by people who are eager to defend the rights of Martinicans to comb their hair as they want...

Russia: “Twitter Against Tyrants”

Oleg Kozlovsky links to and quotes from the text of a briefing held by US Helsinki Commission/Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which included “a few recent examples of...

The Balkans: Open Letter to Amnesty International

Samaha posts Ed Vulliamy's open letter to Amnesty International regarding the invitation to Professor Noam Chomsky to lecture in Northern Ireland – as well as background info on the campaign.

Slovakia, Hungary: “Linguistic Discontents”

Edward Lucas writes about the Slovak-Hungarian relations, including the “linguistic discontents.”

Russia: Khodorkovsky's Case, 6 Years On

In The Huffington Post, Robert Amsterdam writes about Mikhail Khodorkovsky's case, six years on.

Hungary: 1956

Hungarian Spectrum writes about an online collection of testimony (HUN) on the events of 1956, which “helped the western powers understand the Hungarian situation, not just events that occurred during...

Hungary: Update on ‘Nap-Kelte’ Talk Show

Hungarian Spectrum posts an update on the situation around the Nap-kelte political talk show – and is “trying to make sense of Hungarian legal thinking.”

Cuba: Contemplating Change

“I think that for Cuba to transition to an open society from a society ‘with some emergency exits’, some of the people now occupying positions of power in the government...

Azerbaijan: Blogger trial dilemma

Following yet another postponement in the trial of detained video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, In Mutatione Fortitudo offers its opinion on the case so far. The...

Azerbaijan: Video blogger trial postponed… again (updated)

In what many consider to be a politically motivated trial to stifle dissent in Azerbaijan, video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli once again appeared in court in...

Germany and China: Berlin Twitter Wall

berlintwitterwall is a project organized by the city of Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall. The wall is now filled up with messages from...

Cuba: Feeling the Disconnect

Cuba's Generation Y feels like a nomad in cyberspace, but is confident that “one day my blog will be found on a server on this Island and, believe me, it...

Malaysia: Should food bloggers reveal sponsors?

masak-masak from Malaysia asks readers if they want a food blogger to reveal if he/she was paid to review a restaurant.

Singapore plans to require bloggers to reveal sponsors

Singapore is thinking of drafting a new guideline that would require bloggers to reveal if they receive gifts or money for their articles. Bloggers react to this proposal

Syria: 80 Year-Old Human Rights Activist Arrested

Omar Mushawah reported [ar] the arrest of Haytham al-Maleh, a Syrian lawyer and human rights advocate who also spent 6 years in prison in the period between 1980 and 1986...

Brazil: Between democracy and doubt

The country awaits its first National Conference of Communication that will signal a very first step in democratising Brazil’s communications system.

Russia: Soviet Legacy and Street Names

A few weeks ago, it seemed as if every single Russian blogger took the time to write something about the re-naming of Anti-Soviet Shish Kebab Restaurant in Moscow, a dissident...

China: Fanfou is coming back?

Fanfou is a micro-blogging tool similar to twitter which has been closed down for more than 100 days in China. However, many still have hope that it will be back....

China: Best and worse countries for journalists

Joyceyland comments on the Reporter without borders‘ release on press freedom index. The blogger is surprised by the ranking of mainland China #168.

Cambodia: Award honors sex slavery survivor

Sina Vann from Cambodia is an activist with the Somaly Mam Foundation helping fellow survivors of slavery as well as those still working in brothels. For her work, she was...

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