· October, 2006

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2006

Bangladesh: Press Freedom

  25 October 2006

A discussion in the comments space at Drishtipat on the RSF Press Freedom Index which places Bangladesh at 137.”The major obstacle to press freedom in BD is the lawless street and democracy of elections. If someone publishes cartoons depicting Muhammad, there will be street violence, act of coercion and eventually...

China: Good cop/bad cop

  24 October 2006

A story shared by A-list blogger-journalist Huang Tingzi (黄亭子) about an engineering student recruited by Chinese cops on his campus who—along with four colleagues—one day finds himself quite a bit in over his head: 读大学时,庄警官念的是无线电专业,毕业前,本打算去IT界发展。结果,正好遇上公安局招干,陪同学一块去顺利也报了个名,没想到很快就被录取了。 In university, officer Zhuang majored in wireless communications. Before graduation, he was planning to go...

Hungary: 1956 Myths

  24 October 2006

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar dispels the three myths about the 1956 uprising in Hungary. Pestiside.hu posts Adrian Courage's photos and text from the uprising anniversary rally that turned violent. Searching for Utopia writes on the history of the 1956 uprising. The beatroot, in the comments to this post,...

Belarus: Persecution Continues

  24 October 2006

Former presidential candidate is in jail and on hunger strike; 60-year-old woman is sentenced to two years for requesting a psychiatric exam for the country's president – and this isn't all of it, writes TOL's Belarus Blog.

Iran:Photos & Mousavi Khoini

  24 October 2006

Kosoof, a leading photo blogger has published photos of Mousavi Khoini's, human right activist and politician, after being released from jail. According to the blogger, Mousavi Khoini was arrested on June 12 2006 during a rally for women's rights in Tehran.

China: the elephant in the newsroom

  24 October 2006

The imagethief discusses about the quality of China's English language media, which, in his opinion is related to the elephant in the room studiously overlooked in the article above.

Hong Kong: protecting bloggers?

  24 October 2006

ESWN translates Sidekick's post pleading local media to protect the privacy of bloggers(zh); the recent case is a 12 years’ old girl saying in her blog that she wants to kill her father after being beaten. Florence thinks that sidekick's plead would be in vain as the mainstream has their...

China: defending political poem

  23 October 2006

The prosecution of a SMS political poem written by a local civil servant, Qin Zhongfei in Pang Shui in Chongqing city, has raised great concern from local journalists and bloggers. Li Tian Lun comments that the poem was a great political poem and local government should accept criticism by people.(zh)...

China: Botched jobs

  21 October 2006

‘Yes, journalists in China do have it rough,’ Bullog blogger Siyi says back to a recent BBC article, ‘but we're not all the innocent victims that you seem to think’ in: 中国是记者最大的监狱? 监狱,还是桑拿中心? ‘China is the largest prison for journalists?’ Prison? Or sauna center? BBC 最近一篇文章中说:”The media rights group Reporters...

Russia: The Second Blog War

  21 October 2006

(more buttons and userpics are here) The Russian-language blogosphere (commonly known as ZheZhe) is on fire: some users are shutting down their blogs, others are emigrating to the virtual Trinidad & Tobago – all because LiveJournal.com's owner Six Apart has decided to team up with the Russian internet company Sup,...

Voices from Kazakhstan

  20 October 2006

Walking around the streets of Almaty, we picked up and brought for your attention the conversations from the Kazakh blogosphere. The recent visit of Kazakh President Nazarbayev to the White House was discussed by LJ user adam_kesher (RU): Roughly speaking, the United States have two reasons not to annoy Kazakhstan...

Video exposes child-soldier's identity

  20 October 2006

If you've seen the guidelines for this site, you'll know that there are types of footage that we wouldn't post, and circumstances surrounding the shooting of particular videos that mean we wouldn't even link to them. Today's post is about one of those videos. I was researching a possible post...

Turkmenistan: Monument to Irony

  19 October 2006

Registan.net notes that Turkmenistan's president has unveiled a building shaped like a book that is a gift to the country's media and dedicated to free media. The author notes that this is quite an irony as independent journalists are a rarity in Turkmenistan.

China: Satiric SMS or libel

  19 October 2006

Joel Martinsen in DANWEI translated an article from Nanfang daily on a prosecution resulted from a political poem in Chongqin.

Turkey: OpenSource Radio Discussion on Turkey

  19 October 2006

Open Source Radio will be having a dialouge on their show tonight about recent events in Turkey with the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Turkish author Orhan Pamuk to the passing of a bill in France on the Armenian Genocide. Global Voices‘ author Deborah Dilley will be...

Blogging Tunisia: ban, censorship and more censorship…

  19 October 2006

The major issue that has attracted the attention of the Tunisian bloggers in the last two weeks was the campaign against the Islamic veil launched by the Tunisian regime to wipe out what senior officials describe as “sectarian dress”. This last depiction finds its roots in the decree “108”, pioneering...

China: censorship

  18 October 2006

Brian Chan in China Media Project reports on another censorship case. This time it is about a ban on all coverage of an incident at a county school in China's western Gansu Province where the principal was allegedly found to have drawn blood from scores of pupils over several years...

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