Stories from 15 July 2010
Côte d'Ivoire: Three online journalists arrested for publishing a leaked report on alleged corruption
According to the blog of Le Nouveau Courrier, three journalists from this Ivorian daily have been arrested since Tuesday July 13th for publishing a leaked report on alleged corruption in the cocoa and coffee trade in Côte d'Ivoire. The three journalists – editor Saint Claver Oula, publisher Stéphane Guédé and managing editor Théophile Kouamouo were arrested by plain-clothes police on public prosecutor Raymond Tchimou Fehou’s orders and taken into custody after refusing to reveal their sources during a surprise visit at the Nouveau Courrier's offices.
China: Sohu.com removed online public opinion leaders’ blog accounts
Sohu.com, one of the most popular portal website in China, removed more than a hundred bloggers from its blog hosting service on July 14 2010. Many of them are influential public opinion leaders, political dissidents and citizen rights activists, including: He Weifang （賀衞芳）- a legal expert and citizen rights lawyer...
China: Cracking down on micro-blogging
According to today's Apple Daily News, the Propaganda Department and State Council Information Office have taken joint action in strengthening the control over micro-blogging services. Since Twitter and Facebook was blocked in China, the development of social media services have been booming. Most of the portal websites, such as Sina,...