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Posts Tagged ‘censorship in the blogosphere

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

Breaking! Malaysian Blogger Jailed for Insulting Islam

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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.

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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?

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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

Raging Against Rising Internet Repression

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During the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008–sponsored by Harvard University and Google in Budapest, Hungary, in late June, and attended by over 200 bloggers, human rights activists, writers, journalists, hackers and IT experts from every corner of the globe–one participant joked that it was worthwhile buying domain names for dissidents likely to be imprisoned. “Just get them with ‘Free (insert name here).com,’ ” he said.

A recent University of Washington report found that 64 people have been arrested for blogging their political views since 2003. Three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues in 2007 than in 2006. More than half of the arrests since 2003 were made in Iran, China and Egypt. Internet censorship has become a cause with global relevance.

I was invited to present a paper at the two-day event that covered the research for my forthcoming book, The Blogging Revolution, on the Internet in repressive regimes, plans by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to combat Internet child pornography, and my work with Amnesty International Australia on its campaign against Chinese web filtering, Uncensor.

The goal of Global Voices, started in late 2004, is to provide insights into non-Western nations to Western audiences through country-specific blogs. The last years have seen its agenda expand to include a translation service for multiple languages, Global Voices Lingua , support for minorities in developing nations (the Rising Voices project) and Voices without Votes, the chance for global citizens to comment on the 2008 US presidential election campaign in every country except America.

Raging Against Rising Internet Repression.

Looks like some people are beginning to worry seriously.

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