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· November, 2009

Stories about Freedom of Speech from November, 2009

UAE: .il unblocked?

samuraisam, from the UAE Community Blog, asks: “Has anyone else found the Israeli TLD to be unblocked from the UAE? On my Etisalat connection it seems to be open.”

Cuba: Call to Respect Human Rights

As four Cuban dissidents are reportedly arrested in Havana, Uncommon Sense profiles political prisoner Oscar Biscet's call for his compatriots “to join an international campaign set for next month to...

China: Dwelling Narrowness

A popular Chinese drama “Dwelling Narrowness” was “re-scheduled” without explanation recently. ESWN translated various reports and discussions about the drama. A recent development of the drama is that one of...

Russia: Tatarstan Blogger Sentenced to Almost 2 Years in Penal Colony

On Sept. 12, 2008, Tatar blogger and journalist Irek Murtazin blogged about rumors of Tatarstan president Mintimir Shaimiev's death. On Nov. 26, 2009, Murtazin was convicted of defamation and incitement...

Egypt's First Adult Graphic Novel Officially Banned

Magdy El Shafee's adult graphic novel Metro has been banned in Egypt, following a court order. Bloggers and Facebook users react to the decision, which they say is yet another...

UAE bans Talk Show On Request From Pakistan

Teeth Maestro informs that on request from Pakistan UAE has imposed a ban on the airing of Geo TV program ‘Meray Mutabiq’ by Dr. Shahid Masood. The blogger comments: “I’m...

Egypt: President Mubarak and the Egyptian Dignity

Egyptian Facebook users continue to discuss the ramifications of the aftermath of the Algeria vs Egypt football final, which saw Algeria qualifying to the World Cup finals in South Africa...

Slovakia: Mobile Internet Providers Put an End to Internet Neutrality

This month, a second Slovak mobile internet provider has kept its promise and started filtering internet access for its customers. While officially the goal is to block child porn, things...

Russia: Mansion of The President Has A Lot To Offer

The Russian president's mansion became a topic of discussions on the Internet when people found a bidding offers invitation for services at the government Web site [RUS] dealing with different...

Egypt: Alaa Mubarak for President?

Several names have been thrown in the pool of candidates for Egypt's 2011 presidential elections. Now a new name is being floated. Find out why Alaa Mubarak, the Egyptian President's...

Qatar: Cartoon of maid abusing child raises ire

A cartoon published in a local paper in Qatar depicting a crazed maid abusing a child has raised the ire of Doha bloggers, many of whom are condemning the possible...

Morocco: War on Press Continues

The Moroccan authorities are ratcheting up their attacks on independent journalists. A week rarely passes without the authorities hitting hard on the press for alleged infractions, cracking down on printed...

Poland: Anonymous Blogger to Write About a Daily Tabloid

An anonymous journalist who used to work for a Polish daily tabloid called Fakt, started a new blog, BrukowiecStory ("TabloidStory" in English), in which he wants to write the truth...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Questions for Obama

Cuba's Generation Y sends a questionnaire to U.S. President Obama “with some of the issues that keep [her] from sleeping” and publishes his responses.

Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar Deported

Aminatou Haidar is a leading activist for independence of the Western Sahara (from Morocco). On Friday, November 13 when, upon returning to Laayoune (a city in the Western Sahara region),...

Cuba: Courting Change

“There are a good number of ministers still under sixty, but the largest share of power is concentrated in the hands of septuagenarians and octogenarians”: Cuba's Generation Y suggests these...

China: Obama, censored or not?

Fool's Mountain pointed out how the Chinese propaganda machine has successfully played tricks on foreign media in reporting the censoring of Obama's Q & A session with Shanghai youth.

Trinidad & Tobago: Banned from Parliament?

A journalist may be banned from Parliament, prompting Nicholas Laughlin to post a statement by the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago and Edmund Gall at KnowTnT.com to post his...

China: Obama as a big supporter of non-censorship

Adam Minter is disappointed by Obama's comment in the Shanghai Town Hall meeting with students, in particular, his expression that “I'm a big supporter of non-censorship”.

China: Obama's Q & A session

Alice Poon from Asia Sentinel translated a blog post written by Lipuman regarding Obama's comment on Twitter and Firewall.

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