· July, 2009

Stories about Activism from July, 2009

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China: Calling Guo Baofeng back home for dinner!

  24 July 2009

Blogger Peter Guo Baofeng, or amoiist, has been detained for more than a week by Mawei police in Fujian. According to twitter report (locked), the Mawei police asked the six detainees, including Peter Guo, to sign a confession and admit committing the crime of defamation and spreading rumors in order...

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Azerbaijan: Appeal of bloggers rejected ahead of National Media Day

  21 July 2009

On 20th of July, Baku Court of Appeals was going to consider the cases of Adnan Hajizada and Emin Milli, two youth activists and bloggers recently beaten and detained in downtown Baku and then sentenced for two months of pre-trial investigation detention. Friends and acquaintances of the detainees, as well...

Democracy movement under attack in Vietnam

  20 July 2009

Vietnam's growing democracy movement is under attack from the state once again.Pro-democracy blogger Nguyen Tien Trung was arrested earlier this month. According to Reporters Without Borders “Nguyen Tien Trung’s arrest brings the number of journalists and bloggers held in Vietnam to at least 11. Nguyen Tien Trung, an active member...

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Azerbaijan: Activists’ support site goes down

  19 July 2009

Yesterday, as Önər Blog [AZ] reported, the Appellate Court in Baku was to consider again the case of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, the recently beaten and detained youth activists and bloggers sentenced last week. Yesterday, however, one of the main websites created in their defense went down.

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Egypt: No to Illegal Confiscation of Personal Devices

  13 July 2009

On the 30th of June 2009, the security officers at Cairo International Airport have detained an activist blogger, Wael Abbas, who frequently writes about torture cases and police abuse in Egypt. Mr. Abbas was also frisked and the officers confiscated his laptop computer and other belongings.

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Iran: Myth and reality about Twitter

  4 July 2009

International media coverage of the Iranian protest movement in the past weeks has widely celebrated ‘Twitter power' as a tool of organizing and reporting on protests, but the reliance on Twitter has had both positive and negative results in this crisis. We look at some of them here to demystify the actual degree of impact.

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