Yearly Archives: 2006

Implacable Adversaries: Arab Governments and the Internet

Hundreds of websites are blocked in the Arab World while thousands, with similar contents remain unblocked. This shows the Arab governments’ hostility towards the right to freedom of expression and exchange of information. For this purpose, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo) issued a new report entitled “Implacable Adversaries: Arab Governments and the […]

Blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman has spent six weeks in custody

Reporters Without Borders has repeated an appeal for the release of blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman – known as Kareem Amer – who has been held in custody for six weeks after posting articles on his blog (www.karam903.blogspot.com), critical of Islam. From Reporters Without Borders

Malaysia warns of crackdown on news blogs; watchdog says move aims to stifle dissent

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysian officials have threatened a crackdown on divisive postings on news blogs, in what an international media watchdog calls a move to expand controls on the traditional media to the Internet. From International Herald Tribune

Jailed for a Blogpost

In a cramped jail cell in Alexandria, Egypt, sits a soft-spoken 22-year-old student. Kareem Amer was remanded to over a month in prison for allegedly “defaming the President of Egypt” and “highlighting inappropriate aspects that harm the reputation of Egypt.” Where did Amer commit these supposed felonies? On his weblog. From TCS Daily

Internet fuels rise in number of jailed journalists

New York, December 7, 2006—The number of journalists jailed worldwide for their work increased for the second consecutive year, and one in three is now an Internet blogger, online editor, or Web-based reporter, according to an analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists. From Committee to Protect Journalists

Censorship fears rise as Iran blocks access to top websites

Iran yesterday shut down access to some of the world’s most popular websites. Users were unable to open popular sites including Amazon.com and YouTube following instructions to service providers to filter them. From Guardian Unlimited

Citizen Lab on CBC Television

Tonight, The Hour on CBC Television, will be airing an interview with the Citizen Lab at 11pm on CBC televison or 8pm ET on CBCNewsworld. It will also be available online on Tuesday morning HERE

Download Psiphon Now

The long wait is over. Psiphon has just been released and can be downloaded HERE

Web Tool Said to Offer Way Past the Government Censor

TORONTO, Nov. 21 — Deep in a basement lab at the University of Toronto a team of political scientists, software engineers and computer-hacking activists, or “hactivists,” have created the latest, and some say most advanced tool yet in allowing Internet users to circumvent government censorship of the Web. From New York Times

psiphon to be released December 1st 2006

psiphon is a human rights software project developed by the Citizen Lab that allows citizens in uncensored countries to provide unfettered access to the Net through their home computers to friends and family members who live behind firewalls of states that censor. Read about and download it HERE