how to:How to aid dissident bloggers
Threatened Voices (TV) is a collaborative mapping project to build a database of bloggers who have been threatened, arrested or killed for speaking out online and to draw attention to the campaigns to free them. TV is a project of Global Voices Advocacy (a project of Global Voices Online) who seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.
Understand how the site works.
The dynamic map on the homepage is connected to the timeline beneath it.
- By country: By default the map displays all types of cases recorded since the year 2000 until today, sorted by country. The size of each red dot corresponds to the number of cases we're tracking in that country. Click on a country's red dot to see a list of bloggers that have been threatened or arrested there.
- Timeline: By dragging the timeline under the map to the left or right (drag the day line to move slowly, or the month line to move quickly) you can change the timeframe being displayed by the map. For instance, you could scroll back to the Iran election protests in the summer of 2009, or to the Beijing Olympics in the summer of 2008 to see whether bloggers were arrested in China or Iran. You can also use the buttons to jump in time.
- By status: By clicking the checkboxes beneath the map (threatened, arrested, deceased, unknown) you can filter the map to display individual cases of that status. When more than one checkbox is selected, the map will update automatically to show individual cases from all selected statuses. As with country sorting the timeline below will control what cases are visible. Drag the timeline by day or month to see cases occurring at those times.
- Profiles: Via the map and timeline you will discover the names of bloggers in the database. You can click on their names to visit their case profiles. On these pages you will find:
- a brief summary of the blogger's story
- web links to recent news or organization reports
- link and logo of campaigns to support their freedom
- a field for you to submit new information
- Statistics: Our database is not exhaustive. There may be cases we are not aware of. The "Top 10 Countries" block shows a percentage bar graph for each country that has incidents reported on this website.
- Submit a report: Threatened Voices relies on crowd-sourced information, and is powered by volunteers. Help us by submitting a report on any new or existing blogger mentioned on this website.
Make sure that the blogger you are advocating for is not already on the site. You can see the already reported bloggers here: threatened.globalvoicesonline.org/bloggers/all. If they are listed and you have new information, you can add that to the report. If they are not listed then click "Submit Report".
You will be prompted to submit:
- Your name (or nickname)
- Your email
- Your sources (Please provide the source URLs with information about the blogger or activist who has been threatened or arrested. Please be thorough, as these sources will help speed up data verification and publication of the profile on Threatened Voices.)
- Bloggers Name
- Info about the blogger
- Blogger's site
- Campaign site (if a site already exists for a campaign to free this blogger)
- Bloggers photo
- Logo/badge for the campaign to free this blogger (if one exists)
- Dates of arrest + release or date of threat
- Status of blogger (see status options above)
- Location of blogger currently (can input Latitude and Longitude, address, or point out on map)
- Blogger's other arrests
After you've submitted your report, share it widely. Ask others who may have information to contribute so that your supporters and other organizations can craft a campaign to lobby for the bloggers protection or release.