· December, 2008

Stories about Freedom of Speech from December, 2008

Egyptian Spinsters

  20 December 2008

The outcasts of the Egyptian society – the spinsters – are raising their voices in an attempt to change how society views them. Khokha – the anonymous author of The daily diaries of a sinister spinister - says: انا عشت حبة كل ما اقول رأى ولا كلمة … يردوا فى...

Egypt: Gamal Eid detained and deported from Jordan

  20 December 2008

The Jordanian intelligence prevents Gamal Eid, the General Manager of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), from entering Jordan because of his criticism of freedom of expression in Jordan two years ago,The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, The Skeptic reports the details.

Madagascar: France responds to alleged censorship of “47” play

  20 December 2008

Pierre Maury reports that French authorities have responded to the accusation of censorhip of “47” a historic independence play created by Jean-Luc Raharimanana and Thierry Bedard. Victoire Bidegain Di Rosa, advisor to the French ministry of Culture explains that the subject of the play is not necessarily of interest to...

Iran: A blogger was sentenced to five months in prison

  20 December 2008

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and several iran based blogs Esmail Jafari, an Iranian blogger and journalist based in the southwestern city of Bushehr, was sentenced to five months in prison on 6 December on charges of “anti-government publicity” and “disseminating information abroad.” He is still free pending the...

Haiti: Media Intimindation

  19 December 2008

HaitiAnalysis.com and The Haitian Blogger republish a statement from Amnesty International which voices their concern over death threats against journalist Joseph Guyler Delva that are possibly related to “both his involvement in an investigation into the murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique and his reporting on the controversial election of...

China: Nationwide Teachers’ Strike

  19 December 2008

Since this October, teachers in Sichuan, Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hunan, Hubei, Guangdong went on strike, demanding a salary raise. According to local media report, the strike started from Sichuan Pi Region (陴縣) in Sep 23, teachers demanded local government to follow national law (such as Teachers Law) and raise...

Indonesia: Solving cybercrime

  19 December 2008

Police authorities in Jakarta have a proposal on how to eliminate cybercrime: Internet cafes would be requested to record their customers’ IDs in a guest book to prevent cyber crime.

Iran: A Long and Painful Story of Jailed Bloggers

  18 December 2008

Iranian blogger and journalist, Omid Reza Mirsyafi, was sentenced to two and a half years of prison this week. He stands accused of insulting religious leaders, and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic. Over the past 5 years, several bloggers in Iran have faced jail and persecution because of their blogs. Some were detained for a few days while others were condemned to several years.

Cameroon: Concern for freedom

  18 December 2008

Though Cameroon is not the focus of world attention, some recent blog posts question the reality of freedom in this African country. On his blog [fr], Édouard Tamba worries about freedom in his country: Le 8 novembre dernier, le sous-préfet de Yaoundé II débarque au Palais des congrès avec l’intention...

Eman Hashim blogs against Berlitz Egypt

  18 December 2008

Has corruption tarnished Berlitz Egypt's reputation? Egyptian blogger Eman Hashim wrote on facebook and on her blog wondering how come her students received their grades and certificates when she never submitted neither their grades nor their final exam papers. Eman tells us the story saying Back in July 2008, I...

Jordanian Bloggers React To Bush's Shoegate

  18 December 2008

While a week has yet to pass since US President Bush faced a shoe flying in his direction from an Iraqi journalist during a press conference, the Jordanian blogosphere is already aflutter with varying reactions. Here’s a look at how Jordanian bloggers have been reacting thus far.

Cuba: The Crowing Rooster

  18 December 2008

In response to Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez's question, Mariela Castro calls her the equivalent of a “cocky hen”, prompting Sanchez to ask: “Does she believe that I do the work of a man because I demand rights and claim respect for political preferences? If to be a very delicate hen...

Kenya: Media protests communication bill

  18 December 2008

During Kenya’s 45th independence celebrations on December 12th, the media protested against the government's proposted Communication Amendment bill, a law that if passed will give them rights to regulate the content of electronic media. Bloggers react to the confrontations between the media and the government.

Cuba: Oppressing the Press

  17 December 2008

Uncommon Sense refers to a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists to make the point that “Cuba takes the gold medal as the world's worst oppressor of a free press.”

Greece: Notes on the Riots

  17 December 2008

Notes on the Greek riots – at LimbicNutrition Weblog: “The riots have been descibed as ‘the first credit-crunch riots.’ Countries with high youth unemployment and a tradition of mass protest (e.g. France, Italy, Spain, Serbia) should be concerned about the riots spreading. From Belgrade to Bordeaux solidarity graffiti warns of...

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