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September 04 2012

09:31

Sina Weibo even censors its own posts on its microblog

The Next Web :: Part of the reason that Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, has been allowed to become so widespread is its willingness to appease the government by actively censoring posts. Apparently, the company is even willing to censor its own messages.

A report by Josh Ong, thenextweb.com

August 27 2012

05:21

Unconstitutional: South Korea's real-name net law is rejected by court

BBC News :: A law requiring South Korea's citizens to use their real names on websites has been struck down by a panel of judges. The country's Constitutional Court said the rule restricted freedom of speech and undermined democracy.

A report by www.bbc.com

August 22 2012

07:19

Foreign journalists 'intimidated' in China: Press groups

DOHA Centre for Media Freedom :: Foreign press associations in China expressed alarm Tuesday over recent incidents of intimidation directed against foreign media workers, including the alleged beating of a Japanese journalist.

A report by AFP, www.dc4mf.org

August 20 2012

12:23

Burma ends advance press censorship

Guardian :: Dramatic move towards freedom of expression gets cautious welcome from journalists, but restrictive media laws remain.

A report by Helen Pidd, www.guardian.co.uk

August 16 2012

17:21

Jailed for a tweet: human rights defender Nabeel Rajab sentenced for three years

Silion Repulic :: The President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of using social media – in particular Twitter – for illegal assembly.

A report by John Kennedy, www.siliconrepublic.com

August 11 2012

19:16

RFE/RL: Kazakh Opposition Journalist Attacked, Hospitalized

RFE/RL :: The independent Kazakh media-rights organization Adil Soz says an opposition Kazakh journalist has been severely beaten by unknown assailants in Astana.

A report by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service, www.rferl.org

RFE/RL on Twitter

August 07 2012

09:39

Burmese journalists succeed with press freedom protest

Associated Press | Guardian :: The Burmese authorities have lifted suspensions on two weekly magazines after journalists staged a rare protest to demand greater press freedom.

A report by AP, www.guardian.co.uk

July 27 2012

15:14

Photojournalist Benjamin Hiller in Syria: Facebook removed photos due to 'concerns'

Note: unverified claim so far. I have reached out for more details.

HT: kurdish blogger, here:

Benjamin Hiller a photojournalist in the Kurdish areas in Syria says that Facebook has removed some of his photos twitter.com/kurdishblogger…

— kurdish blogger (@kurdishblogger) July 27, 2012

Benjamin Hiller on Facebook

Benjamin Hiller's blog

July 26 2012

15:00

'Quote approval' turns press from watchdog to lapdog

First Amendment Center :: Big-time news outlets are reported to have caved into pressure both from the White House and the Mitt Romney campaign, agreeing to get approval of quotes from the candidates — and sometimes even the spokesmen for the candidates – before publishing interview articles.

[Gene Policinski:] ... if politicians don’t like those rules, then they don’t get into the stories. In Washington, if no other place, there’s always a way to get the story even if the principal subject isn’t speaking, even if not as quickly or easily.

An opinion piece by Gene Policinski, www.firstamendmentcenter.org

July 25 2012

09:17

Opposition radio Free FM stops broadcasting after Madagascar mutiny

AFP | Doha Center for Media Freedom :: Opposition radio Free FM has stopped broadcasting due to intimidation by Madagascar's military in the wake of a weekend mutiny. "We won't resume broadcasting until I am sure that there will be no more intimidation," station manager Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy told AFP.

A report by AFP, www.dc4mf.org

May 06 2012

10:31

The Carthage Declaration: Social media has brought 'unprecedented freedom of expression'

DOHA :: After three days of deliberation, press freedom advocates gathered in post-revolutionary Tunisia have issued a wide-ranging declaration recognising the role social media has played in bringing about “unprecedented freedom of expression and democratic transformation.” The Carthage Declaration, issued on Saturday (May 5) at the close of UNESCO’s annual summit to mark World Press Freedom Day, called on all concerned parties to “promote user-generated content and citizen participation in media.”

Continue to read www.dc4mf.org

May 05 2012

10:58

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon decries growing killings of journalists

DOHA :: "We have to protect journalists in democratic countries first of all. There are tens of countries which are democratic and do not respect the law as they should do," Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at a UN event on press freedom organized by France and Greece. Reporters Without Borders said that more than 280 journalists and bloggers have been imprisoned this year, including 32 in Eritrea, 30 in China and 27 in Iran and 14 in Syria. But five have been detained in Azerbaijan, which is the UN Security Council president for May. Ban and press freedom groups have sought to stress the role of the media, and particularly the new social media, in covering the uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Syria over the past 18 months.

Continue to read www.dc4mf.org

May 04 2012

07:34

Mexico photographers found dead in Veracruz state

How long will there be reporters and photojournalists in Mexico willing to risk their lifes?

New York Times :: The bodies of three photojournalists were found dismembered on Thursday in the eastern state of Veracruz, days after a crime reporter for a national magazine was killed in her house there. The motives for the killings were not immediately known, and few such cases in Mexico are ever solved.

Continue to read Karla Zabludowsky, www.nytimes.com

May 03 2012

20:10

Every 50 days a journalist gets killed in Pakistan: Press Freedom Day

Huffington Post :: Having spoken to journalists across the country for my research on journalistic challenges in Pakistan, I have yet to come across a journalist who has reported on security or militancy issue and hasn't been warned, called or picked up by the government security agents. More recently, bloggers, tweeters and citizen journalists, who are not actually in the field of journalism by profession but just write to get the truth out, have been told that they are being watched.

[Adnan Rehmat:] Since January 2000 about 80 journalists have been killed in the country. That is a sickening average of one every 50 days.

Journalism in Pakistan - Continue to read Kiran Nazish, www.huffingtonpost.com

April 27 2012

18:41

Kazakhstan condemns 'evil' foreign journalists over riots

Guardian :: Prosecutors in Kazakhstan have described foreign correspondents as "evil" in an indictment accusing 37 residents of an oil town of inciting and participating in mass unrest. The incident, which led to at least 16 deaths, in Zhanaozen in December occurred after a seven-month occupation of the main square by oil workers demanding higher salaries.

Continue to read AP, www.guardian.co.uk

April 26 2012

19:59

Radical Islamist sect claims Nigeria bombings

KCAU-TV.com :: A radical Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for two bombings that killed at least seven people at the offices of a major Nigerian newspaper. In a statement published Thursday night by the Premium Times website, a spokesman for Boko Haram said it would attack media again over what the group felt was inaccurate coverage.

The @AP has confirmed through other sources that the statements carried by premiumtimes' website came from #BokoHaram.

— Jon Gambrell (@jongambrellAP) April 26, 2012

Continue to read Jon Gambrell, www.kcautv.com

April 24 2012

15:55

Tim Berners-Lee: People would go to prison rather than lose Internet

Silicon Republic :: The inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee said people were absolutely right to take to the streets to protest SOPA, PIPA and ACTA and said disconnecting a family’s internet service in today’s world deprives people of their ability to communicate. He said people would likely choose prison than lose their internet connections.

Continue to read John Kennedy, www.siliconrepublic.com

05:20

Palestinian Authority 'quietly' instructed to block critical news websites

Ma'an News :: The Palestinian Authority has quietly instructed Internet providers to block access to news websites whose reporting is critical of President Mahmoud Abbas, according to senior government officials and data analyzed by network security experts.

HT: Jillian C. York, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Continue to read Geore Hale, www.maannews.net

April 23 2012

07:55

Targeting companies delivering to Iran, Syria: Obama to cite new technologies in rights abuses

Reuters :: President Barack Obama will issue an order on Monday to allow imposition of sanctions on foreign nationals who use new technologies such as cell-phone tracking and Internet monitoring to help carry out human rights abuses, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Continue to read www.reuters.com

05:53

Free communication flow: Skype ban in the UAE could be lifted

The Next Web :: While Skype remains banned in the UAE (website but not service directyl, because VoIP is accessible via proxy), the restriction could easily be lifted following a licensing agreement with the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Speaking about the restriction, Mohamed Al Ghanim, the TRA’s Director General said, “It is purely a licensing matter.

Continue to read Nancy Messieh, thenextweb.com

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