Posts tagged ‘Censorship’

2011/02/26

Gaddafi’s Grip On Tripoli Slipping Away


Poor neighborhoods in the Libyan capital of Tripoli openly defied Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday as his grip on power after 41 years of rule looked increasingly tenuous in the face of nationwide revolt.

Security forces had abandoned the working-class Tajoura district after five days of anti-government demonstrations, residents told foreign correspondents who visited the area.

Foreign journalists allowed into Tripoli for the first time since protests engulfed Libya saw the scars of rebellion during a closely-monitored guided press tour arranged by government officials: a burned police station with piles of ashes outside, walls covered with anti-Gaddafi graffiti and shattered glass and rocks in the streets.

The New York Times called the day’s events as “a bold play by Qaddafi to prove that he was firmly in control of Libya [that] appeared to backfire Saturday as foreign journalists he invited to the capital discovered blocks of the city in open revolt.”

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2011/02/22

The Tweety Bird

2011/02/17

China Warns US Over Internet Freedom

China has warned the US not to use calls for internet freedom as an excuse to meddle in other countries’ affairs.

The foreign ministry comments came after yesterday’s announcement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of an initiative to help dissidents around the world get past government internet controls.

Since Clinton’s speech, comments about it have been removed from China’s popular Twitter-like microblog sites.

“It is ironic that the Chinese are blocking an online discussion about internet freedom,” said US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

Complete article via BBC

2011/02/17

Schoolgirl Blogger Gets 5 Years In Syria

A Syrian court has sentenced a teenage blogger to five years in prison on charges of spying for a foreign country.

Tal al-Mallouhi was 17 when she was arrested in 2009 and has been held by authorities for the past two years.

Human rights groups said her long jail term was another sign of an intensifying crackdown on opposition in Syria, in the wake of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

Al-Mallouhi had written articles on her blog saying she yearned to play a role in shaping the future of Syria, which has been under the control of the Baath Party for the last 50 years.

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2011/02/16

How Egypt Found Internet’s ‘Off’ Button

In the Egyptian Revolution, the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the opposition’s most potent weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government’s ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. Just after midnight on Jan. 28, a technologically advanced country with more than 20 million people online was essentially severed from the global Internet.

The blackout was lifted after just five days, and it did not save Hosni Mubarak. But it has mesmerized the worldwide technical community and raised concerns that with unrest coursing through the Middle East, other autocratic governments – many of them already known to interfere with and filter specific Web sites and e-mails — may also possess what is essentially a kill switch for the Internet.

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2011/02/13

Iran’s Green Wave Calling For Protests


Al Jazeera is reporting that Iranian opposition leaders are calling for nationwide marches against the government on Monday.

Protesters, apparently inspired by recent demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia, are said to be organizing marches across the country under the umbrella of the country’s Green movement. Also known as Green Wave, the movement made headlines after the disputed 2009 presidential re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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2011/02/11

Bernanke Interview Will Stay Secret


The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, created by Congress to investigate and report on the causes of the market meltdown late last decade, won’t publicly release its full 2009 interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a commission spokesman said.

The FCIC is withholding records when there is “legal or proprietary information in those interviews that meant they could not be made public,” or no audio, transcript or summary exists, Tucker Warren, the FCIC’s spokesman, said after the panel yesterday released more than 300 witness interviews. He declined to elaborate on Bernanke. The interview is among records being transferred to the National Archives that will be made public in five years, Warren said.

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2011/02/09

Syria Lifts FaceBook, YouTube Ban

Syria is lifting its ban on FaceBook and other social networking websites.

The announcement came following a “Day of Anger” protest in Damascus failed to attract protesters, and is seen as a concession by authorities to avoid the unrest now gripping Egypt and Tunisia.

While officially banned, FaceBook, YouTube and other social networking sites are accessed by Syrians using international proxy servers to bypass firewalls.

“We are all using it anyway – so I don’t see what difference it makes,” said one Syrian Facebook user.

2011/02/06

US Firm Helped Egypt Spy On Protestors

Huffington Post

The open Internet’s role in popular uprising is now undisputed. Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime today reportedly shut down Internet and cell phone communications – a troubling predictor of the fierce crackdown that has followed.

What’s even more troubling is news that one American company is aiding Egypt’s harsh response through sales of technology that makes this repression possible.

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2011/02/03

China Mulls Impact Of Mideast Uprisings

The main Chinese newspapers all carried front-page stories about the protests, including photographs, but largely without any analysis or editorial comment. Much of the recent coverage has focused on the looting and the breakdown of order in Egyptian cities, without much explanation of the root causes of the unrest.

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2011/02/01

Cuban Media: Egypt? Never Heard Of It

The link below is to one of Cuba’s few news outlets with an English-language website covering national and international news.

Think there’s anything in their breaking news section about Egypt? Uh…apparently not.

On the bright side, there’s a ’54 Cadillac in the classified section.

CUBASI – Cuba News

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