Reporters without borders online campaign

Previously Mick mentioned something in his list of “Why blogging is (generally) a good thing” that strikes a chord with me for certain reasons – mostly because I agree completely – “We are only just beginning in Northern Ireland to understand the benefits of an open society.” But it’s not a given that blogging, or the internet in general, will continue to be a place in which those benefits can be discussed and promoted. And it’s currently not the case in several countries. A BBC article highlights the Reporters without Borders list of 13 Internet enemies in 2006 who are “blocking access to news which displeases them and imprisoning bloggers who express themselves too freely”, there’s also an online campaign.

The 13 Internet Enemies of 2006

Belarus
Burma
China
Cuba
Egypt
Iran
North Korea
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam

They have also compiled a list of those they describe as Predators of Press Freedom, which includes a few individuals, countries and groups who will be more than familiar to some of our local players.