· May, 2008

Stories about Freedom of Speech from May, 2008

China: What the Olympics Will Look Like

  23 May 2008

Xueyong wonders what the Beijing Olympics will look like after the disaster as people are still in the mourning mood. He suggests that the government should not take the lead in framing the Olympics but leave space for the people to express their emotions and feelings[zh].

China: GFW Upgraded

  23 May 2008

According to Turnright, the Great Fire Wall internet filtering system in China has recently been upgraded. Apart from website keyword filter, it also filters signatures of Window Live messager.

Ukraine: A View From Crimea

Last week, Ukraine banned Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov from the country, after he called for Russia to take ownership of Sevastopol, a Ukrainian Black Sea naval port. The incident received much coverage in the Russian and Ukrainian media and blogs. Below is one more post, written by a Russophone resident of Balaklava, a Crimean town that has an official status of a district of the city of Sevastopol.

Bermuda: Free Press

  22 May 2008

Vexed Bermoothes says that the ruling party's attacks on the free press are attracting international attention: “The fact is, that despite paying years of lip service to freedom of information, the Bermuda Government is doing little to implement it. Moreover, the PLP is using the offices of Government to punish...

China: Magazine Banned

  22 May 2008

A Chongqing-based magazine, New Travel Weekly, was suspended from publishing for using bikini-clad women on the front page of its May 19 issue. More from ESWN and DANWEI.

China: All CCTV, Entertainment Banned

  22 May 2008

Sun Bin reported that in the three days national mourning for Sichuan earthquake victims, all T.V channels become CCTV. Literally speaking, most of the entertainment channels, including Star T.V and HBO are banned locally, with a mourning message.

China: Internet Spy Spreading Rumors?

  22 May 2008

A message mobilizing people to boycott internet spy has been spreading around via e-mails and forums. All negative comments about earthquake relief work are considered as rumors written by spies. Jenny pointed out that the message intended to block and threaten all negative comments rather than dealing with problems with...

Hong Kong: Private Deal Against Basic Law?

  22 May 2008

Luke pointed out that the private deal between Hong Kong government and the Time Square property management concerning the Time Square public space may have violated the Basic Law [zh], which protects freedom of expression and gathering.

Bolivia: Radio Station Website Hacked

  22 May 2008

In Bolivia, the website of the radio station where political analyst and government critic Carlos Valverde holds his radio station was recently hacked. Renzo Colanzi of Mientras Estás Aquí [es] has the screenshot of the hackers’ message that states that it was done for Bolivarian integration.

Croatia: Feral Tribune's Editor Wins Award

From the Frontline writes that Drago Hedl, editor and journalist with the Croatian political weekly Feral Tribune, has won the Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism Award for 2008. (GV's Sinisa Boljanovic wrote about Feral Tribune last year.)

Macedonia: Greek Pacifists’ Visit

Anastas Vangeli posted his impressions of the anti-nationalistic and anti-militaristic Greek-Macedonian Dialogue which took place last Saturday – in Macedonian and English. The participants were branded as traitors in the Greek media, and the Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church put an anathema on them in his Sunday sermon.

India: Is Google really evil?

  21 May 2008

profy on why Google wasn't quite evil when their cooperation with the Indian Police resulted in the arrest of a man accused of posting obscene content on Orkut.

China and Hong Kong: Interviewing Earthquake Reporter

  21 May 2008

Ling Nan from inmediahk.net, interviewed a Hong Kong reporter in Sichuan earthquake center about issues that hadn't been reported in Hong Kong mainstream media [zh]. The reporter also criticized the way official Chinese media handle the news.

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