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· March, 2010

Stories about Freedom of Speech from March, 2010

Russia: Role of Social Media in Coverage of Recent Metro Bombings in Moscow

Paul Globe writes on his blog “Window on Eurasia” about increasing role of the Internet and social media in the coverage of the recent terrorist attacks in Moscow.

China: Google.cn search blocked

Several twitterers, including @williamlong @geekinmedia @aHexie @terryxxy and @mranti, confirmed the blocking of google.cn's search in major cities, such as Beijing and Shenzhen in China. According to @mranti: Google search...

China’s Top IT Enterprenuers Call For Internet Special Zone

CTD translated a local news about top IT enterprenuers’ call for the setting up of Internet Special Zone free from censorship in Shenzhen.

China: The potential of Microblogging

Toadi from interlocals.net has translated a Beijing News’ interview with Hu Yong on the potential of micro-bogging in China.

Russia: Two Video Scandals

In Russia this week it has been hard to miss the two scandals that, at first, appear to have only one thing in common: both are centered around amateur videos...

France/Spain: Blog censorship

The Quemando Iglesias [Burning Churches] blog reports [es] on the forced shut down of the zer egin duzue jonekin [What they did to Jon?], a blog that had gathered support for the investigation...

Russia: Top Blogger's Account Hacked

Livejournal account of Igor Bigdanov (aka LJ user ibigdan), one of the top RuNet bloggers, has been hacked, Bigdanov reported. The most common version of the motives of the hack...

Barbados, Jamaica: Dancehall Show Cancelled

Barbados’ Boyce Voice blogs about “the On again, Off again, On again, Off again Show AKA Vybz Kartel Movado Show”, saying: “I feel for the event promoters…they were…bullied by the...

Russia: Website Closed By Police Order

20marta.ru, an opposition website dedicated to the “Day of Anger” held on March 20, was closed by police after just one day of functioning, kasparov.ru reported. According to the source,...

China: Characters in leaders’ names made sensitive search terms on Google

Beginning Wednesday and continuing today, Chinese Internet users have discovered that Google searches containing the Chinese characters for the surnames of China's top leaders (ie. the ‘hu’ [jintao] in carrot,...

France: What would you do in The Game of Death?

A controversial French documentary sparked worldwide scandal on March 17 by televising a fake game show in which contestants were willingly led to torture others. Bloggers in France discuss the...

Russia: “Drugs and Hookers Scandal”

At The Daily Beast, author Michael Idov chronicles “Russia's amazing drugs and hookers scandal,” which involves opposition activist Ilya Yashin, political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, and the Russian Newsweek‘s editor-in-chief Mikhail...

Estonia: Blank pages of press freedom protest

Paul Becker of GUS News comments on [GER] Estonia's four leading newspapers publishing issues with blank pages in protest against a government proposal that could curtail journalists’ ability to protect...

The Trials of Being a Chinese Reporter

C. Custer from ChinaGeeks translated a telephone recording in which a Hong Kong reporter trying to confirm Google’s retreat from China with Chinese government officials.

China and the U.S: Testimony on Internet control

Rebecca MacKinnon posts her testimony for the U.S Congressional Executive China Commission on Google and Internet Control in China: A Nexus Between Human Rights and Trade.

Is Russia an Enemy of Internet?

The degree of freedom on the Russian Internet is an issue for debates. Some put Russia on the same list of "Internet enemies" with China and Iran. Others strongly oppose...

China: Google.cn migrated to Hong Kong

Finally Google has decided to leave China. Soon after the announcement, Google stopped censoring the search result of google.cn by redirecting the site to google.com.hk. In Google's official blog, David...

China: Singing farewell to Google

Google has formally closed its mainland Chinese search engine and rival Baidu will not need long to pick up the slack; nonetheless, former users of Google.cn search braved the cold...

Venezuela: Concerns About Controls on the Internet

Debate is heating up in Venezuela after decrees and statements from President Hugo Chávez, who questioned how the Internet is being used in the country. Many are interpreting these statements...

Iran: New wave of blogger arrests

Another wave of blogger arrests has been reported in Iran but the details are murky. The leader of an anti-censorship group named Iran Proxy, and the founder of blog hosting...

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