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· December, 2010

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2010

Russia: Internet 2010 Overview

2010 highlighted several important trends of Russian Internet. Online audience grows very fast with people getting more news online and actively using social networks. In a lot of ways, 2010...

Tunisia : “We Are Not Afraid Anymore!”

The year 2010 is coming to an end but Tunisia is shaken up by a social uprising that many bloggers hope will bring a decisive change in their country. Because...

North Korea's State-run TV Broadcasted its First Western-made Film

North Korea's state-run television broadcasted its first Western-made film, a heavily edited “Bend It Like Beckham”. The British soccer film contains North Korea's taboo topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and...

Azerbaijan: Emin Milli's Reading list

In a note posted on Facebook, imprisoned and recently freed video blogging youth activist Emin Milli lists the books he read while in jail in Azerbaijan. Not surprisingly, the books...

Tunisia: Journalist Nebrass Hedhili Attacked during Uprising

Nawaat writes that journalist Nebrass Hedhili was physically abused by policemen not in uniform in the La Chebba center (fr). Nawaat also regularly updates a press review of the ongoing...

Belarus: More Commentary on Dec. 19

Commentary on the implications of the post-election events in Belarus – at OpenDemocracy.net, here and here.

Hungary: “Viktor #Censorbán”

Kosmopolito writes about Hungary's new media law and suggests ways to draw attention to the situation; “transforming” PM Viktor Orbán into Viktor #Censorbán is just one of the strategies –...

Russia: Media Coverage of Khodorkovsky Verdict

Overview of media reactions to the verdict and sentence in the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev – by Robert Amsterdam, Global Chaos, and Sublime Oblivion.

South Asia: Looking Back at the Citizen Media Storylines in 2010

You cannot leave South Asia region out of the picture as with nearly twenty three percent of the world's population, events in this region exert an enormous impact on the...

Tunisia: The Cry of Protestors Echoes Around the World

The cries of Tunisians, protesting against corruption and joblessness for the past two weeks, is gathering momentum on the World Wide Web. Netizens from around the world are rallying behind...

Ukrainian Blogosphere 2010: Still Enough Room for Everyone

Tetyana Bohdanova translates reports on the state of the Ukrainian blogosphere and the situation with other social media tools in Ukraine.

Taiwan: Concerns about press freedom

Media freedom has come into the spotlight in Taiwan recently. Michael Turton has a good summary of the issues. A Taipei Times reporter writes about how the proposed changes to...

South Korea: Court Rules In Favor of Free Internet Speech

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a law that bans the spreading of false information online is unconstitutional in a petition filed by a famous online blogger ‘Minerva’, who was indicted...

Cuba: Cables Reveal Government Sees Bloggers as “Most Serious Challenge”

Cuba was one of the Latin American countries most frequently referenced in the trove of diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks. Cables confirmed much of what is already known, but...

Japan: A year of blogs

As the character 暑 (sho) meaning ‘hot or heat' was chosen to represent the year 2010 at the annual ceremony in Kyoto, let's see a selection of “hot topics” that...

Wikileaks, Thaileaks, Indoleaks, Pinoyleaks

There are Wikileaks clones in Southeast Asia: Thaileaks from Thailand, Indoleaks from Indonesia and Pinoyleaks from the Philippines. These websites were established/revived this month to support the work started by...

Cambodia: Jailed for printing an article from the internet

vutha doubts if there is freedom of expression in Cambodia after a UN staff member was sentenced to 6 months in prison for printing an article from a website and...

Russia: Author of Wildfires Internet Meme is Prosecuted by Police

A blogget top-lap, an author of a famous blog post [ENG] demanding “rynda” from Vladimir Putin and criticizing the state's response to Russian wildfires closed his blog [ENG] and disappeared....

Puerto Rico: Violent Clashes at the University of Puerto Rico

Students on strike at the main campus of the state-run University of Puerto Rico were beaten and arrested last Monday, December 20, after violent clashes with the Police. Students oppose...

Russia: Is Internet Guilty of Organizing Nationalistic Riots?

Russian media and blogosphere ponder who is responsible for the nationalists’ riots in Moscow in mid-December. But the authorities found their own scapegoat – the Internet.

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