The Global Human: Social Comments

Someone still fears freedom of speech

Posted in Freedom of Speech by Solveig Hansen on 2011/01/15

In 2010, 57 journalists were killed, 51 were kidnapped and 535 arrested, according to Reporters Without Borders.

152 bloggers and netizens were arrested. 62 countries were affected by Internet censorship.

In their Freedom of Press Report 2010, headlined Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips, they write.

There are no longer any taboos about online filtering. Censorship is taking new forms: more aggressive online propaganda and increasingly frequent use of cyber-attacks as way to silence bothersome Internet users. Significantly, online censorship is no longer necessarily the work of repressive regimes. Democracies are now examining and adopting new laws that pose a threat to free speech on the Internet.

Reporters Without Borders have also made a Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents. Blogs have become an important source of news, often publishing information that the traditional media dare not print. The handbook explains how to blog when online freedom of expression is restricted, and shows how to circumvent censorship.

See also:
Reporter Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index 2010
Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day 2011 May 21st. This year’s theme is “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”.

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  1. frizztext said, on 2011/02/18 at 12:58 pm

    thanks for this collection of datas, Solveig, Oslo, Norway
    just subscribed to this blog too :-)

  2. Zol H said, on 2011/02/18 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks, frizztext, how kind of you. :-)

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