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.

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  • Peter,
    Have you ever been tempted to start a blog?

  • Pete Baker

    Have you parci?

    And back on the actual topic of press freedom and enemies of the internet..

  • BP1078

    Interesting to the read that the only country in the EU where journalists need a round-the-clock protection is Spain.

    Perhaps their Irish comrades will explain to ETA why allowing freedom of speech is an essential component in a modern democratic society?

    Or perhaps not.

    Also, whilst this list makes profoundly depressing reading, there are hopeful signs in at least two of the countries, Egypt and Iran that the authorities are finding it more and more difficult to keep the lid on the dissenting voices on the blogosphere. One notable victory achieved this year was the freeing of “Alaa”, one of Egypt’s most prominent anti-govt bloggers. This was brought about (mainly)by a well-coordinated campaign from bloggers from all over the world and showed the potential of the medium.