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· September, 2010

Stories about Freedom of Speech from September, 2010

Vietnam: Blogger Pham Minh Hoang Charged with Attempt at Overthrowing the Government

Reporters Without Borders reports that French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh Hoang was charged with “Activities aimed at overthrowing the government” and membership of a “terrorist organisation” (the banned opposition party Viet...

China: 7 Departments on censorship

Isaac lists out in Twitter 7 government departments that are responsible for censorship in China.

Russia: Landscape and Trends of Online Transparency Initiatives

Alexey Sidorenko analyzes the five main groups of the Russian transparency projects: official and semi-official transparency websites; chaotic transparency communities; online representation of civil activism NGOs; next-generation transparency and civil...

Hungary: Citizens Protest Against Auchan Shopping Mall

Marietta Le posts an update on the ongoing efforts by Hungarian citizens to save the Dunakeszi marsh, which would be destroyed if Auchan Hungary's expansion continues as planned.

Bahrain: Who is Ali Abdulemam?

Bahraini blogger Hussain Yousif describes his jailed friend blogger Ali Abdulemam in this post. For more details on Ali's arrest, read this.

Bahrain: Access to Political Societies Websites Blocked

Bahrain has blocked access to countless websites, blogs and the websites of political societies, ahead of parliamentary elections. Mahmood Al Yousif comments on the development here.

Russia: “Web of Justice”

The Russian Internet is presented, especially in some Western media, as being one of the few democratic forums in the country. However, these reports should be taken with a grain...

Trinidad & Tobago: MATT's Role

“I know in a democracy it is only right for everyone to have their say. Even in criticising you, MATT. But when the criticism becomes mere target practice, it’s time...

Iran: The Art and Design of the ‘Green Movement’

“Where is my Vote” is an exhibition of 150 political posters for the Green Movement in Iran that was on display at the School of Visual Arts in New York...

Azerbaijan: Obama calls for bloggers’ release

Dönməzlik blog [AZ] says that it was surprised to discover that US President Barack Obama raised the issue of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, two video blogging youth activists imprisoned...

Iran:Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in prison

According to [fa] Mashregh News Hossein Derakhshan, Iranian jailed blogger, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison. Read more here.

China: Uncensored District Government Website

ESWN translated a news story on a grassroots government website in Xindu district of Chengdu city. The district government website does not censor away abusive comments, on the other hand,...

Music: CD Brings together banned and censored musicians

Listen to the Banned is a music CD bringing together musicians who have been banned, censored or imprisoned due to their music. It features artists from Afghanistan, Cote D’Ivoire, Iran,...

Guyana: Leadership Style

“Envisage a country vibrant in idea exchanges and energetic businesses unafraid of political repercussions”: The Guyana Groove says that her homeland “could be a fully vibrant and thriving nation, but...

Bahrain: BlackBerry News Services Banned – Again

“Bahrain’s authorities have ordered a BlackBerry news provider to stop his services, citing violations of the media laws,” writes Habib Toumi. This is the second time this service is banned.

Russia: Gay Activists Protest on Luzhkov's Birthday

The Moscow Diaries writes about last week's gay rights activists’ protest against Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov: “It was sad to see, this protest. The protesters were so few that they...

China: Tibetan writer awaiting trial

An update in the case of imprisoned writer Tagyal and the latest hit single from hip-hop group Green Dragon are among the stories in Dechen Pamba's roundup of the Tibetan...

D.R. of Congo: Okapi Radio, Winner of “Free Media Pioneer” Awards

The International Press Insitute (IPI) has granted Okapi Radio, the UN Radio in D.R. of Congo, with a "Free Media Pioneer" Award. The radio has been broadcasting since February 2002...

Saudi Arabia: Licence to Blog!

Saudi Arabia first announced plans to have all web publishers and online media, including blogs and forums, to be registered with the government. The following day, it backed down following...

Nobel Peace Prize should go to Liu Xiaobo

Xu Youyu, philosopher and professor with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, wrote an open letter (English translation here) to call for international support for this year's Nobel Peace Prize...

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