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15.06.2005

Results of the competition for best blogs defending freedom of expression

  (JPEG) Screenshot
www.jeffooi.com
Country: Malaysia
Language: English
 

An extremely popular blog that takes an independent approach to Malaysian politics and society. Its editor, Jeff Ooi, was threatened with imprisonment, at the beginning of October 2004, because he allowed on his blog a comment “insulting Islam”.

 
  (JPEG) Shared Pains
kabul2.blogsky.com
Country: Afghanistan
Language: Farsi
 

A blog commenting on Afghanistan’s political and social life with a forthrightness rarely found in this country

Joint winners
  (JPEG) Al Jinane
www.emarrakech.info/prana
Country: Morocco
Language: French
  A blog run by a Moroccan trying to “understand the complexity of the world”.
 
  (JPEG) ICT lex
www.ictlex.net
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
  A blog on Internet law and new technologies
   
  (JPEG) Press Think
journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink
Country: United States
Language: English
  A blog run by an American journalist dealing with the media and free expression in the age of the Internet
   
  (JPEG) Mojtaba Saminejad
8mdr8.blogspot.com
Country: Iran
Language: Farsi
  A weblog that earned its editor, Mojtaba Saminejad, a two year prison sentence in June 2005 (See: www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=12563).
In a demonstration of solidarity the 10 webloggers named here, who were also nominated for a prize, all voted for Mojtaba.They were: Nikahang, Shabah, Mithras, Khorshidkhanoom, Z8un, Memarian, Ghaja, Webnaameh, Shabnamefekr, Shargi.
   
  (JPEG) Netzpolitik
www.netzpolitik.org
Country: Germany
Language: German
  A blog dealing with open source technologies, Internet-users’ rights and free expression in cyberspace.
   

The competition for the best free expression blogs was organised in partnership with Deutsche Welle’s "Best of the Blogs awards".





Obstacles to the free flow of information online

Analyses :
A call for vigilance
Let’s not forget 10 September 2001
On a Filtered Internet, Things Are Not As They Seem
Choose a country :
3 June 2009 - United States
President Obama urged to raise freedom of expression in his Cairo speech
2 June 2009 - China
Blocking of Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Blogger deprives Chinese of Web 2.0
26 May 2009 - Egypt
Blogger fined nearly 6,000 euros for accusing chemical company of pollution
20 May 2009 - Cuba
Anyone can browse the Internet... unless they are Cuban
19 May 2009 - Syria
Proposed press law reform poses new threat to Internet
15 May 2009 - Burma
Growing restrictions on free flow of information
14 May 2009 - Bahrain
Authorities step up offensive against journalists and websites
12 May 2009 - Fiji
Government arrests two journalists in another “warning shot” for press freedom
11 May 2009 - Malaysia
Human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar freed
5 May 2009 - Turkey
YouTube completes a year of being blocked in Turkey

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