· December, 2007

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2007

Soviet History: 1963 Race Rally

  18 December 2007

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about a little-known 1963 rally in Moscow's Red Square, when 500 African students rallied against racial discrimination, following the death of a Ghanian fellow student.

Japan: Final Report on Internet Regulation

  16 December 2007

The idea that a country boasting one of the world's most active net cultures would attempt to regulate online content within its borders may appear to some as infeasible. But plans unveiled earlier this year by the Japanese government aim to do exactly this, targeting a broad range of content that includes blogs and personal homepages.

China: Bullog's top stories of 2007

  13 December 2007

Is it top ten year-end list time yet? Bullog International blogger Song Shinan gives us eight choices [zh] in a vote for blog story of the year at Bullog, the small but growing blog service provider (BSP) which hosts some of China's most progressive blogger voices, centered around hope to...

Russia: “Nashi” in Moscow

  12 December 2007

The first post-election week in Moscow was marked by increased presence of out-of-town members of the pro-Putin youth movement Nashi ("Ours") - and by the first public appearance of members of Mishki ("Bear Cubs"), a new children's pro-Putin movement. Below are one blogger's impressions of a group of Nashi - as well as her thoughts on Russia's future.

The Balkans: Croatian Serbs

  11 December 2007

Balkan Anarchist writes at length about Croatian Serbs and their war experiences: “If someone were to ask me how I felt about what my Serbs, the Croatian Serbs, went through during the first half of the 1990s, I would answer them by saying, “heartbroken”. Heartbroken that those leaders who led...

Iran: Leftist Students Arrested

  11 December 2007

The Iranian government arrested several leftists students in Tehran and Mazandaran last week – perhaps as a preemptive action before the “Student Day” (16 Azar). The leftists student group “Students for Freedom and Equality” informed the world about this through their blogs, and were able to organize several rallies for...

The Anonymous Blogging guide is now available in French

  11 December 2007

  The Anonymous Blogging with WordPress and Tor guide is now available in French thanks to this translation by the Tunisian blogger Malek Khadhraoui, and we are busy making translations into other languages. The guide outlines several methods of protecting one’s identity in order to avoid retaliation and can considerably...

Russia: Prison Torture Video

  11 December 2007

Robert Amsterdam posts “a secret video made in 2006 by a prison guard of a ‘Preventative Actions’ exercise by the OMON (special police squad) performed at a prison camp in Yekaterinburg”: “The appalling instances of beatings, torture, inhumane treatment and excessive and arbitrary violence shown in this recording inarguably represent...

Russia: Mishki

  10 December 2007

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow posts a comprehensive review of media and blog coverage of Mishki, the new pro-Kremlin children's movement that has rendered “many Russians and Russia-watchers” “speechless.” Lyndon has also discovered Mishki‘s website: “Mishki.ru got a “server not found” message, but then I thought that maybe this group...

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