The Blog — Blogging
Though he was cutoff from technology while in police detention, Bader Al Rashidi's Twitter account continued to rant against Kuwait's Emir for months. Then his sentence for attempting to overthrow the regime got bumped up to five years and hard labor.
Cuba is a tough place to get to know, at least if you want independent perspectives. Activists have their movement and speech restricted, media is tightly controlled, and the internet is not widely accessible. That makes an opportunity to speak with one of the foremost voices for free expression, democracy, and rule of law so valuable. So join us on Reddit for the latest in our series of activist chats as we talk with Yoani Sanchez, the blogger and well-known activist.
This week, #MovementsMonday takes a look at travel bans, and how authoritarian regimes are using them to scare, silence, and supress dissidents around the world. Photo: Generación Y Blog.
Saudi activists and bloggers are launching a Twitter campaign to publicize the issue of the political prisoners in Saudi Arabia. Can a young woman and her fellow bloggers engage the kingdom's growing social media population on an important issue? We'll follow their efforts in the coming week.
As part of our ongoing series of Cyber Activist profiles, we recently spoke with Mehman Huseynov, a 22-year old photojournalist and blogger from Azerbaijan who has faced significant government repression for his work to promote free expression in the country. Huseynov recently founded the independent news, commentary, and satire website Sancaq ("Pin" in the Azerbaijani language) that brings people together by lampooning current events. A previous interview we conducted with Azerbaijani cyber activist Emin Milli- conducted by live Twitter chat- can be seen here.
After insulting the Prince online, 4 bloggers in Kuwait have been detained pending further hearings
Despite promises to reform their textbooks, the Saudi education system continues to indoctrinate children with hatred and incitement. Seven current and former heads of major publishing houses address the critical importance of words.
An Iranian blogger known by the pseudonym, Vakil al-Raoaya, has a new post titled, “The First Post After Filtering.” Al-Raoaya’s blog had previously been targeted by filters, which the Iranian government frequently uses to block public access to websites that express criticism toward the regime.
As expatriated Syrian activists use Facebook and other social networking sites to express their thoughts and keep in touch with Syrians on the ground, the Assad regime continues to harass them both in real life and online.
Currently the 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting is taking place in Tunis. While many influential and important Arab bloggers are in attendance, those coming from Palestine were denied entry visas by the Tunisian Interior Ministry. Bloggers at the conference and their supporters online have launched a campaign to draw attention to the injustice and find out why the visas were denied.