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Freedom of Speech News

Categories: East Asia, China, Vietnam, Citizen Media, Freedom of Speech

The latest developments on threats to Freedom of Speech over the past week.
With Reporters sans frontières [1]

China: Two cyber-dissidents put under surveillance during UN human rights visit [2]
The Chinese authorities put Liu Di, a young Internet user who was imprisoned for a year in 2002-2003, and Liu Xiaobo, a leading figure in the Chinese pro-democracy movement, under surveillance on 29 August while receiving a visit from Louise Arbour, the UN high commissioner for human rights.

Vietnam : Government urged to pardon three cyber-dissidents [3]
Reporters Without Borders called on justice minister Uong Chu Luu and on president Tran Duc Luong to include Pham Hong Son, Nguyen Khac Toan and Nguyen Vu Binh in the list of prisoners who will be pardoned on the 60th anniversary of Vietnam's independence on 2 September. More details.

Deutsche Welle blogs contest [4]
Bloggers invited to compete in freedom of expression category sponsored by Reporters sans frontières
Deutsche Welle launched its second Best Of The Blogs – or BOBS – competition on 1 September. Reporters Without Borders is sponsoring a special category for blogs that defend freedom of expression. Internet users are invited to use an online form to propose their favourite blog (in any of nine languages).
The BOBS site [4]
Propose a blog [5]
Attention: To propose a blog that defends freedom of expression, click on “Special Reporters Without Borders Award” in the Nomination Category menu.