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· June, 2005

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2005

29 June 2005

Syrian online journalist jailed two years in inhuman conditions

During the second year of his journalism studies, Massud Hamed, a 29-year-old Syrian student, had posted photos of a peaceful Kurdish demonstration in front of the UNICEF headquarters in Damascus...

Wednesday Global Blog Roundup

25 June 2005

Iranian Election Reaction

Here's a quick roundup of Iranian blog reaction to the fundamentalist victory in Friday's Iranian Presidential election: Hoder notes that Rafsanjani “was beaten by the outcome of his policies.” In...

23 June 2005

Thursday World Blog Roundup

Africa: As Zimbabwe's government crackdown called “Operation Restore Order” evokes an international outcry, Sokwanele describes what it's like to “have stared into the face of evil.” The Zimbabwean Pundit calls...

22 June 2005

Wednesday World Blog Roundup

Central Asia & the Caucuses: The Farsi blog Shared Pains (winner of the 2005 RSF Freedom Blog award) has a post in English on freedom of expression in Afghanistan (hat-tip...

21 June 2005

How Iran filters the Internet

Microsoft is not the only U.S. company whose technology is assisting in blocking free speech, and China isn't the only country where it happens. The OpenNet Initiative and Berkman Center...

Tuesday Global Blog Roundup

The Middle East Mahmood of Mahmood's Den announces that he's not only going to take Reporters Without Borders’ guidelines for a free internet and translate them into Arabic, he's going...

Lebanon Skypecast #2: Blogger “Lebanon.Profile”

After hanging up the Skypeout call with Gustave of the Lebanese Political Journal, I called the Beirut cellphone of his co-blogger who goes by the blog-name “Lebanon.Profile.” LP prefers not...

Lebanon Skypecast #1: Blogger Gustave Cordahi

In the wake of an election victory for Lebanon's anti-Syrian alliance and the asassination of another anti-Syrian politician, I spoke to two Beirut-based bloggers who author the popular blog, Lebanese...

20 June 2005

Monday Global Blog Roundup

Question to Iranian bloggers: What are the Persian blogs saying?

Global Voices invites a Persian-speaking blogger to help inform the world about what the Persian blogs are saying about Iran's election. Unfortunately we do not have a person on our...

Iran: bloggers mull election results

With election authorities now ordering a partial recount and a run-off between Rafsanjani and the conservative Ahmadinejad scheduled for this coming Friday, bloggers continue to chew over the results and...

18 June 2005

Petitions for jailed Iranian bloggers

The Committe to Protect Bloggers has an online petition calling for charges to be dropped against jailed Iranian blogger Omid Sheikhan. Click through to the links with more information on...

Iran election: bloggers disappointed

NOTE: this post will be updated as more reaction comes in. The news is now out, Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad are the two top vote-getters and will contest in a run-off....

16 June 2005

Thursday World Blog Roundup

We’re always looking for new ideas and good stories to write about. If you have a story or a blog post that you think would be a good fit for...

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