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Blogs vs. the law: A showdown about third party commentary
"The Wild West days of the Internet's digital frontier could be tamed, as bloggers await the outcome of a lawsuit in which one of their own was sued for comments posted on his Web log or "blog.""
Full story - Post-Gazette
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Oct 5 08:44:36 EDT 2005

Good luck trying to police online speech (analysis)
"... I read with interest the three sedition cases in Singapore where two bloggers allegedly posted racist comments while another is accused of making a racist posting in an online forum."
Full story - ChannelNewsAsia
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Oct 5 08:43:51 EDT 2005

Saudi agency blocks access to
"Reporters Without Borders today called on the Internet Services Unit (ISU), the agency that manages Web filtering in Saudi Arabia, to explain why the weblog creation and hosting service has been made inaccessible since 3 October, preventing Saudi bloggers from updating their blogs."
Full story - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Oct 5 08:39:37 EDT 2005

China shuts down Web sites in crackdown
"Chinese authorities have shut down an online discussion forum that reported on anti-corruption protests in a village in the country's south as well as a Web site serving ethnic Mongolians, overseas monitors said Tuesday. China routinely shuts down or blocks Web sites that operate outside of government control, but the issue has received heightened international attention in recent weeks with the publication of new rules aimed at stifling online dissent."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Oct 4 12:23:06 EDT 2005

The 11 commandments of the Internet in China
""You shall not spread rumours", "You shall not damage state security", "You shall not destroy the country's reputation". There are just three of the 11 commandments ordered by Beijing, on 25 September, aimed at bloggers and websites managers. Reporters Without Borders expressed concern at this latest turn of the screw in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression."
Full story - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 26 15:06:39 EDT 2005

Bloggers Face the Law
"... if the author is anonymous, who is left to blame? There's precious little legal precedent in the blogosphere, but some blog publishers recently have been finding themselves held accountable for content written by others."
Full story - Red Herring
Submitted by Anonymous, Sat Sep 24 10:34:09 EDT 2005

Seven-year prison sentence for journalist Zheng Yichun puts his life in danger
"Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm at a seven-year-prison sentence imposed on journalist Zheng Yichun on 22 September 2005 by a court in Yingkou in northern China following his conviction two months ago for "incitement to subversion.""
Full story - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 23 18:14:37 EDT 2005

Political Bloggers Demand Speech Freedoms
"Political bloggers who offer diverse views on Republicans and Democrats, war and peace argued on Thursday that they should be free of government regulation. The notion was echoed by some members of the government agency trying to write rules covering the Internet's reach in political campaigns."
Full story - TBO
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 22 17:02:29 EDT 2005

Create your own blog, remain anonymous and get round censorship !
"... Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest."
Full story - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 22 11:49:57 EDT 2005

Other resources on FREEDOM OF SPEECH: ONLINE:
  • Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents (Reporters without Borders)
  • EFF Legal Guide for Bloggers
  • "How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else),"
  • EFF Blue Ribbon Campaign for free speech online
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Inside Look at China's Filters
  • OSCE: The Media Freedom Internet Cookbook
  • Beacon for Freedom of Expression
  • The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

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