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Malaysia: ‘Religious department to act against any blogger who insults Islam’

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PUTRAJAYA: The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will take stern action against bloggers who insult Islam, including non-Muslims.

Its director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the department could act against irresponsible bloggers, regardless of their religious background.

“Right now, the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission are still trying to trace the blogger said to have insulted Prophet Muhammad.

“We will come in once the culprit is found,” he said.

Wan Mohamad also said there were bound to be “extremists” among religious followers or leaders in view of the country’s multi-ethnicity.

How sweet!!

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December 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Nominated in the Infidel Bloggers Awards!!!

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via The Infidel Blogger Awards: Nominations for “The Georgies” aka The Infidel Blogger Awards have been finalized and voting is now open. Vote early and often

This is truly a surprise for me. This blog is very young, so the fact of being nominated is already a prize for me. Thanks for the people who nominated me.

Written by Claudia

November 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Mark Steyn and Maclean, acquitted

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You can read Deborah Gyapong, Pundita (who is linking to all Canadian bloggers writing about this) and Denise o’Leary:

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled today that a controversial article about Islam in Maclean’s magazine did not violate the province’s hate speech law.

In acquitting the magazine, the Tribunal ruled that the article, an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book America Alone in which he describes the demographic and ideological dangers posed by a growing Muslim population in the West, was not likely to expose Muslims to hatred or contempt.

Those are really good news. Now we need that no other journalist, blogger, etc is ever indicted NOWHERE for EXPRESSING opinions.

(+) The decision itself via Covenant Zone. BCF, Scaramouche and Michelle Malkin also have posted about it.

Breaking! Malaysian Blogger Jailed for Insulting Islam

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Written by Claudia

September 24, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Exposing the Horror of Russia’s Crackdown on the Blogosphere

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Blogger Dmitri Minaev has horrifying details on the arrest of Oborona activist and blogger Dmitri Solovyov for publishing critical posts about the Kremlin.  He points out that back in July Solovyov published a post predicting that Russia would attack Georgia in late August based on a report on Kavkaz Centre.  Among other things, KC predicted that Russia would rig a “terrorist event” in Sochi to prestage the attack, and would gradually ratchet up Ossetian military action until Georgia was forced to respond.  Minaev notes that in fact there was a bomb explosion in Sochi just before the attack.

Exposing the Horror of Russia’s Crackdown on the Blogosphere « La Russophobe.

Read it all.

Written by Claudia

September 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm

China Wants UN To Help Trace Sources On Internet

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So there won’t be any anonymity in the web:

“A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous. The U.S. National Security Agency is also participating in the ‘IP Traceback’ drafting group, named Q6/17, which is meeting next week in Geneva to work on the traceback proposal. Members of Q6/17 have declined to release key documents, and meetings are closed to the public. The potential for eroding Internet users’ right to remain anonymous, which is protected by law in the United States and recognized in international law by groups such as the Council of Europe, has alarmed some technologists and privacy advocates. Also affected may be services such as the Tor anonymizing network.”

Slashdot | China Wants UN To Help Trace Sources On Internet.

Related posts: CHRC launches independent review on hate messaging on the internet h/t Larry Borsato. So the question is: what is hate messaging? Telling a member of the Governement “you’re an asshole”? Or considering Mohammed a pedophile?

Written by Claudia

September 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Erraji Released

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These are really good news, but he shouldn’t have been condemned in the first place:

The court of appeals ruled on Thursday that the lower court had failed to respect certain legal procedures under the Press and Publication Law. The public prosecutors office did not object to Erajjis release.

Erraji Released : Committee to Protect Bloggers

Looks like the international pressure has done its work. For a background on this case, click here.

Moroccan blogger condemned to 2 years in prison and a fine for critisizing Moroccan king’s social policies

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Just a quick post on this subject as I feel this is a very important one. You can read about it in the Committee to Protect Bloggers. Global Voices Online has the translation to English of the article that carried Erraji to jail.

A Facebook group in his support has been set up and an online petition asking for his release is also available here.

More information at Mideast Youth.

h/t SP.

Written by Claudia

September 11, 2008 at 6:43 am

More censorship in the blogosphere from Syria

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FOR “defaming and insulting the administrative bodies of the state”, the president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, Mazen Darwish, was recently sentenced to a salutary ten days in jail. His real crime was to report on riots in an industrial town near Damascus, Syria’s capital. Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based lobby, said his case brought the number of journalists and “cyber dissidents” imprisoned in Syria to seven.

Mr Darwish may have got off lightly. In May Tareq Bayassi, aged 24, was jailed for three years for publishing “false news” on the internet after being detained without trial for almost a year. “The real reason for the sentence,” says another lobby, the online Committee to Protect Bloggers, “was his having posted an article on the shortcomings of the Syrian secret service.”

For several years Syria has been an enemy of the internet. The security services keep opposition figures and even ordinary bloggers under surveillance. The main internet service-provider bans 100-plus websites. Most sites carping at President Bashar Assad’s government are silenced, as are many Kurdish and Islamist sites. A yellow screen flashes up with the words “Access Denied”.

Syria | Red lines that cannot be crossed |

Related: Iran condemns a journalist for publishing lies.

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