Tag: freedom of the press

by Mark Glaser

In a crisis, governments will often curtail freedom of the press, censoring or shutting broadcasts and newspapers. But blocking websites, slowing the Internet or cutting off SMS messaging can be harder to do. Stopping the flow of information online can be a difficult task, as the Iranian government has learned over the past few weeks, […] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

A post on a social networking site like MySpace could end up anywhere, and depending upon where it ends up, the result could be catastrophic. We’ve covered that territory before on MediaShift, discussing a case involving discipline of a teacher for conduct shown on a MySpace page. In Moreno v. Hanford Sentinel, a California appeals […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

On October 19, U.S.-based Nigerian blogger and journalist Jonathan Elendu of Elendu Reports was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Services (SSS) upon his arrival at Abuja airport. It was some days before the SSS announced that Elendu had been charged, first with money laundering and then sedition. Yet another report claimed he was charged […] more »

by Lucie Morillon

The evidence is accumulating. The censorship imposed on the Chinese media about the contaminated milk scandal has had disastrous consequences according to Reporters Without Borders. Last July, a journalist working for the investigative weekly Nanfang Zhoumo (Southern Weekend) gathered reliable information regarding a wave of hospitalizations of new-born babies, with four killed and 53,000 sickened. […] more »

by Jessica Dheere

Jessica Dheere BEIRUT — A quick look at the Regions sidebar on DigiActive, a nine-month old blog that catalogs how activists use digital tools, reveals something unexpected. The site details case studies of online activists from around the world, but by far the largest number of stories involve bloggers from the Middle East and North […] more »

by Elle Moxley

Elle Moxley BEIJING — Journalists scrambling to make Games-time deadlines might not make it to Badaling or Juyongguan during their trip overseas, but they’re sure to become familiar with China’s other Great Wall: the Great Firewall, that is. On July 31, Olympic officials admitted the International Olympic Committee had not yet secured unfettered Internet access […] more »

by Elle Moxley

Elle Moxley Elle Moxley is a journalism student at the University of Missouri who is a media volunteer for the Olympics in Beijing. She will be writing occasional reports about the scene there for MediaShift over the next few weeks. We wrestle hi-def video cameras into our carry-on luggage, brandish SLRs at tourist attractions and […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Protester in Chicago When the ruling military junta in Burma cracked down on protesters, killing unarmed Buddhist monks, the world was watching. While mainstream journalists have to work undercover in Burma for fear of the junta’s wrath, Burmese citizens and tourists were able to shoot photos and videos of the protests and transmit them to […] more »

by Mark Glaser

A case unfolding in Canada and the U.S. exemplifies all that is terrible and difficult about free speech on the Internet. Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman and the Canadian Jewish Congress have asked the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) — similar to the FCC — to direct Internet service providers in Canada to […] more »

by Mark Glaser

With bombs dropping in Lebanon and Israel, sectarian violence rising in Iraq and civil war in Somalia — among other bad tidings — we are in dire need of good news and a reason to get up in the morning. Thankfully, there has been a spate of such news in the blogosphere, with a few […] more »