August, 2007

Stories from August, 2007

China Telecom blocks FeedBurner RSS feeds

China Blockpage (China Telecom) Screen shot of blocked FeedBurner via williamlong.info It has been reported that people who are using China Telecom are unable to access FeedBurner feeds. FeedBurner, which...

Thailand: Ban on YouTube lifted; Veoh and MetaCafe blocked

The Thai Information and Communications Technology Ministry has lifted the ban on Youtube.com, Bangkok Pundit reported today. According to The Nation, the Thai government has lifted its ban on YouTube...

Chinese cartoon cops patrolling websites

Image released Tuesday August 28, 2007 by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. In the footsteps of Shenzhen Internet Police, the police in China's capital, Beijing, will start patrolling websites registered...

Toward a Global anti-censorship Network

During the last six months, since the launch of Global Voices Advocacy, we have been trying to cover the increasingly serious threats to online speech occurring around the globe and...

Thailand: WordPress.com blocked

Thailand blockpage (TOT – Telephone Organization of Thailand): This screen shot was taken by Prachatai.com when access to the popular blogging platform WordPress.com has been blocked (August, 22th, 2007):“Sorry. TOT...

The Committee to Protect Bloggers is back

The Committee to Protect Bloggers (CPB), “the first organization devoted to the free speech and personal liberty of bloggers worldwide, has come back after a 1+ year hiatus, with a...

UAE: online forum administrator sentenced to prison

Earlier this month, on August 8th, Mohamed Rashed al-Shohhi, an online forum administrator in the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah (UAE) has been sentenced to one year in prison and a...

Turkey: wordpress.com ban inspires firestorm of criticism

Turkey blockpage (screen shot of the blocked WordPress.com) “Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance.”(Source: National...

Kuwaiti blogger Bashar Al-Sayegh released!

It has been reported that Bashar Al-Sayegh, the Kuwaiti blogger who has been arrested earlier this week for comment posted by an anonymous on his forum, has been released.

Let Hoder Speak!

Following the suspension of Hossein Derakhshan’s blog (aka Hoder) by the U.S. based hosting company, Hosting Matters, an online petition has been launched by The Eyeranian in support of Hoder’s...

Turkey blocks popular blogging platform WordPress.com

The popular, and free, blogging platform WordPress.com has been blocked in Turkey and those who are trying to visit it are seeing this message: “Access to this site has been...

China: Cyber-dissident jailed for four years.

A Chinese court in the southeastern province of Zhejiang jailed Chen Shuqing, an online author and a founding member of the banned China Democracy Party, for four years on charges...

Hossein Derakhshan’s blog is suspended

The blog of the Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (aka Hoder) has been suspended by the U.S. based hosting company, Hosting Matters, after a complaint filed by lawyers representing Mehdi Khalaji,...

Monaco: webmaster accused of defaming the Head of State

In Monaco (Principality of Monaco), Marc Giacone, the owner of a new satirical website, featuring cartoons allegedly defaming and ridiculing the Prince Albert II and other local politicians risks a...

Part Two: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria

In Part One of this article, I outlined recent threats to the Bulgarian environment and the vibrant web-led protest movement that developed in response. In this article I speak to...

Bahrain blocks websites critical of the government

“Bahraini authorities launched a campaign against political and human rights websites, which criticize government policies”, The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights reported today, providing a list of the blocked...

Part One: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria

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Belarus to increase its control of the Internet

President Alexandre Lukashenko is planning to increase the control of the Internet. “If we read what is posted there, we will see that it serves as a platform not only...

Tunisia: online writer freed and website editor to appear in court

Last week, the Tunisian government has released the human rights lawyer and online writer Mohammed Abbou who had been jailed for nearly 28 months. Mr Abbou was arrested in March...

Blogging for Kurds’ human rights

Young bloggers from across the Middle East have joined forces to fight for the human rights of their Kurdish brethren: “Our first target is the media which is necessary for...

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