August, 2008

Stories from August, 2008

25 August 2008

China: Zeng Jinyan resurfaces with news of visit to Hu Jia

Since stating [zh] on August 3rd that she was going to be made to leave Beijing and soon after falling silent on Twitter, home-arrested blogger Zeng Jinyan has returned! She...

20 August 2008

Malaysian blogs fly flag upside down

Since August 3rd, some Malaysian blogs have featured the national flag (or “Jalur Gemilang“) posted upside-down as a sign of a nation in distress. The call was said to be...

Silencing online speech in Tunisia

Blocking web 2.0 websites (Youtube, Dailymotion, Facebook) and barring access to local outspoken websites and blogs is the most obvious way of cracking down of the online free speech in...

19 August 2008

Malaysia: Deface If You Dare

Malaysian bloggers were up in arms again when blogger Bakaq aka ‘Penarik Beca’ was detained for sedition recently. Bakaq, whose real name is Abdul Rashi Abu Bakar, was detained (and...

18 August 2008

Tunisia seems to have blocked access to Facebook

Tunisia seems to have blocked access to Facebook today. Some Tunisian bloggers in the country report being unable to access the popular social networking website and took several screenshots of...

Turkey: Bloggers Banning Themselves

If you are a long-time follower of the Turkish blogosphere you will have undoubtedly heard about the Turkish ban on Wordpress....and the periodic bans on YouTube, and on the social-networking...

17 August 2008

Malaysia: What exactly is sedition?

It has been a tumultuous time for blogging and online expression in Malaysia. With the ongoing court cases with blogger and online news portal editor, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, as well...

Internet and South Ossetia Crisis

During the South Ossetia crisis, many people looked at the most popular Georgian pages to gather information about the situation. Big surprise, sites like the popular forum.ge or liberty.ge were...

14 August 2008

China: Citizen reporter Zuola under ‘town arrest’

Chinese citizen reporter Zhou "Zuola" Shuguang has yet another encounter with various law enforcement bodies near his hometown today, tweeted it live, and learned that he is under several forms...

13 August 2008

Iran: A conservative site was filtered

Alef, an Iranian conservative site, was filtered a few days ago. Several sites and blogs report that Alef has published Iranian Minister of Interior's “fake” Ph.D certificate from Oxford where...