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· May, 2010

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2010

Pakistan: The Lesson In The Facebook Ban

Following the lifting of the ban on Facebook by Lahore High-court, Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan questions: “So, what is the lesson in all of this? Who gained what...

Russia: Photos and Live Tweets of the Dispersal of the “Day of Dissent”

Bloggers nl [RUS], zyalt [RUS], Igor Podgorny [RUS] post pictures of the dispersal of today's “Day of Dissent” that is conducted on the 31st day of the month in order...

Russia: Journalist's Blog Hacked

Both LiveJournal (sina-ja-mina) and Facebook accounts of Andrei Maltsev [RUS], journalist and blogger, were hacked on May 31, Vladimir Pribylovski reported [RUS]. This is the fourth blog hack this year...

Pakistan: Netizens Demand End To Internet Censorship

Sana Saleem at Mystified Justice posts a plea by the netizens to the Pakistani government to end the ongoing Internet censorship and intimidation in the country.

Bangladesh: The Reason For The Facebook Ban

Shada Kalo discusses about the recent ban on Facebook in Bangladesh – and how it gave a kid a ton of publicity.

Russia: Bloggers Cover Moscow Gay Pride Parade

LJ-user Zyalt published [RUS] pictures from Moscow gay pride parade [EN] that took place despite it the ban by Moscow authorities. The event organizers had to change its location several times....

Bangladesh: Facebook Temporarily Blocked

Bangladesh has become the second country in Asia after Pakistan to block the entire Facebook domain. Bangladeshi bloggers are expressing their astonishment, anger and protest against this ban.

Ghana: Ghana National Media Commission has failed

Donald argues that Ghana National Media Commission has failed to do its work: “Is the Natonal Media Commission really doing their work for real?”

Vietnam: Report on online censorship

Viet Tan has published a comprehensive report about online censorship and cyberattacks in Vietnam.

Bahrain: On German Freedom

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif attended a 10-day programme organised by the German Federal Foreign Office. His conclusion: “Germany is not that free after all!”

Zimbabwe: Outlawed newspaper coming back

Zimbabwe’s leading newspaper that was outlawed seven years ago, The Daily News, is coming back.

Eritrea: Exiled editor reunites with family

Mohammed Keita reports that the exiled Eritrea editor, Aaron Berhane, has reunited with his family.

Russia: Blogger and Activist Arrested for Viral Video

Leonid Nikolaev (aka LJ-user nikolaevleo) the main actor in the recent viral video against cars using emergency vehicle lighting had been arrested, lj-user halfaman reported. The blogger suggests the arrest...

Iran: Two Bloggers and Student Leader on Hunger Strike in Prison

Two bloggers and one leading student activist - deprived of their pen and blogs in an Iranian prison - are now using a hunger strike to protest prison conditions and...

Qatar: The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom Launched

Qatar-based Al Jazeera Network has announced The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom. For more information, click here.

Mauritania: Spotlight on Tunisian Cyberactivism

Mauritanian blogger Nasser Weddady sheds light on cyberactivism in Tunisia with this insightful post, dedicated to the memory of Tunisian dissident and internet activist Zouhair Yahyahoui.

Bahrain: Blocking of Sites Gains Momentum

Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif comments on the blocking of sites around the world – and the excuses given for that.

Russia: Taking Children as a New Method of Pressure on Journalists

Children of Galina Dmitrieva, an oppositionary journalist and activist, were taken by Russian police after she published an investigation about Russian car manufacturer Avtovaz [EN], Anatoliy Baranov reported [RUS]. After instant...

Russia: “Circassian Nationalism and the Internet”

At OpenDemocracy.net, Zeynel Abidin Besleney writes about “the role played by the internet as a lifeline linking otherwise isolated activists and communities and reinforcing the Circassian nationalist cause.”

Ukraine: Interview With Kyiv Post's Editor-in-Chief

Part 1 of an interview with Brian Bonner, editor-in-chief of the Kyiv Post – by David Brauer, at MinnPost.com's Braublog.

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