· October, 2007

Stories about Freedom of Speech from October, 2007

Tunisia: Solidarity Visit Blocked

  24 October 2007

Mohammed Abbou, the legendary dissident who sewed his own mouth shut in jail to protest censorship, is once again harassed by the Tunisian authorities, who have banned him from travelling to Egypt to attend the trial of Egyptian editor Ibrahim Issa, reports ..Or Does it Explode?

Russia: Bloggers Discuss James Watson

  23 October 2007

James Watson, an American Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, provoked international outrage when The Sunday Times quoted him on race issues on Oct. 14. The news of the controversy produced a certain stir in the Russian-language blogosphere, too.

Armenia: Opposition Activists Detained

  23 October 2007

The Armenia 2008 Election Monitor comments on media reports that opposition activists are being detained just days before Friday's rally during which the first president of Armenia, Levon Ter Petrosian, is expected to appear prior to his likely nomination for the presidential election to be held early next year.

Trinidad & Tobago: Music in Politics

  23 October 2007

“If religion is the opiate of the masses then music must be the amphetamine”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Shivonne Du Barry examines the phenomenon of political parties using local music to appeal to voters.

Cuba: Election Scrutiny

  23 October 2007

According to this post at Babalu Blog, “scrutiny is not part of the plan” when it comes to the municipal elections in Cuba.

China: More on DNS Hijacking

  23 October 2007

Rebecca from Rconversation tries to clarify what exactly had happened concerning the temporarily redirecting of western search engines to Baidu and government anti-porn site.

China: Sex-Related Advertisements

  23 October 2007

Earlier in September, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television announced the ban on sex-related advertisements, however, sex-related advertisements are still running amok in China. ESWN translated an article from Southern Weekend to explain why.

Armenia: Media Concerns

  22 October 2007

As the presidential election due to be held early next year draws closer, the Armenian Election Monitor examines press reports that not only are media associations and journalists raising concerns about limited access to the broadcast media, but also that one regional TV station already alleges attempts at censorship. The...

Uganda: What Press Freedom?

  22 October 2007

Uganda Scarlett Lion discusses Press Freedom in Uganda: “While it appears that Uganda has improved in Press Freedom Rankings from 116 to 96 (a big jump), things are without problems in the Ugandan media.”

China: Search Engine DNS Hijack

  22 October 2007

The issue about Baidu hijacking Google traffic remained a mystery. Although internet media Sohu has denied the accusation, they didn't provide an explanation to the redirection of traffic from western search engine to Baidu on Oct 18. William Long pointed out that rumour couldn't be stopped without explaination (zh).

Afghanistan:Freedom of press in danger

  21 October 2007

Baktash Syavash,blogger and journalist has interviewd[Fa]Tavab Nyazi, an Afghan journalist who was jailed for seven months.Yavab Nyazi was accused of collaborating with Taliban.The blogger writes that Nyazi was jailed illegally and no document was presented by officials to prove his links with Taliban.

Saudi Arabia: English Press Freer

  20 October 2007

“I observed .. that some of the English-language press here do a better job when it comes to reporting important and controversial local stories. Part of this has to do with the fact that they are in English so they are not under the radar of the censorship, but more...

Latvia: Protest Rallies

  20 October 2007

All About Latvia writes about the rallies taking place in Riga and about the imminent end of the current government: “Foreigners here observed that to make Latvians come out in such large numbers, you have to really piss them off. And people are pissed.”

China: Should I Shut Up?

  19 October 2007

Liu Xiao-yuan wondered if he should shut up (zh) in his Sinablog after Sina has deleted 4 of his posts including 1. an article on the clapping culture of 17th Party Congress (via sohu); 2. an article on the pace of political reform (via sohu); 3. Sina's crazy delete policy;...

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