February, 2009

Stories from February, 2009

China: Beijing Blogger-Lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan Harassed by Authority

Beijing blogger-lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan has been harassed by authority due to his involvement in the call for direct election of the Beijing Lawyer Association. Lui's Law firm, Yitong, may have...

Brazil: The Cybercrimes Bill meets the “Cybercriminal” Camp

It's no surprise then that the controversy should grow further when this bill is brought into debate at a huge cyberculture meeting. Daniel Duende joined the crowds of bit-torrent-using p2p-addicted...

China: Prominent Blogger Stabbed

About two hours ago, Zola from twitter reported that he got a phone call from Guo Jian-loong saying prominent blogger and novelist, Xu Lai at ProState in Flame was stabbed...

German-Egyptian blogger is released after 5 Days of Mental Abuse

I was repeatedly questioned about everything and I was terrified. Although I was not abused physically, I was blind-folded all the time. Officers kept saying to me, and I was...

Bahrain and Qatar: Disappearing the Internet

It would seem that another crackdown on Internet freedoms is occurring in the Middle East. Once thought to be the last bastion of free speech, the Internet has recently been...

Egyptian: Second blogger arrested in less than a week

In less than a week, two Egyptian bloggers were arrested. The recent arrest occurred yesterday, February 9th, 2009, when central security forces broke into Diaa Eddin Gad, the owner of...

China: E-group cleaning at Douban.com

Douban.com, one of the most popular Web 2.0 website in China, is forced to close some of its e-groups due to the recent anti-Smuts campaign. However, many of the deleted...

Egypt: Bloggers for Terrorism

Egyptian bloggers are posting their own photographs, posing with fake guns and pistols, on their blogs and Facebook groups as part of a new gimmick to draw attention to the...

Yemeni online journalist sends urgent appeal after death threats and hacking of his website

Mohamed Al-Jabali, the editor of Akhbaralasr news website is the latest casualty in a wave of intimidations targeting bloggers and online journalists in Yemen. In a statement made yesterday, Al-Jabali...

Shanzhai Spring Festival Gala blocked in China

In the evening of 25 of January 2009, most Chinese people in mainland China were at home, enjoying the year end dinner while waiting for the Lunar New Year. A...

Japan: Bloggers respond to new filtering measures

Over the past week, Japan's major mobile phone operators have commenced filtering web access on mobile phones contracted to minors (users under 18 years of age), following on legislation introduced...

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) releases new legal circumvention tools

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) is pleased to announce two new, easy, legal tools for circumventing Internet censorship. Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the Official Censor of the...

India: Blogger silenced

Chyetanya Kunte is an Indian blogger living in the Netherlands. On 27th of November, 2008 during the terror attacks in Mumbai he wrote a blog post (now available through Google...

Cambodia: Internet censorship targets artists

The Cambodian Ministry of Women's Affairs has threatened to block a Web site that contains artistic illustrations of bare-breasted Apsara dancers and a Khmer Rouge soldier. This censorship targets Cambodian...

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