Staying safe when using Free Speech online

Saturday, 14th April 2007 at 0:55 UTC Leave a comment

Life too hectic to post anything particularly worthwhile, so I’m afraid its a set of quick links and a few thoughts on the end.

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents – Just released by Reporters Without Borders, who do an excellent job trying to protect reporters who are under threat, and campaigning for justice when the worst happens.

BBC News report talking about the importance of such handbook, citing the captivity and torture of a Syrian student held and tortured for 1 year and 3 months for blogging about a Kurdish school pupil protest. What’s interesting is the sense with which this book is portrayed as a Godsend for those in far off barbaric lands. What about here, where freedom of expression is under attack in many forms?

But spare a thought for those in Singapore. Today, for the first time since I can remember, the BBC is highlighting the horrible human rights situation over there. Its taken a group of MEP’s to visit the country and be denied the right to speak at an event hosted by one of the brave opposition parties down there to get this problem even noticed. Why is it that people look at Singapore and see nice tower blocks and clean streets, and don’t realise its an authoritarian nightmare for those who live there? Its easy to call underdeveloped countries, where capitalism isn’t doing so well, authoritarian, but why can’t we see this place for what it is?

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Entry filed under: Free Space, Freedom, Human Rights.

Blair, please shut up and listen… If at first you don’t suceed…

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