Posts Tagged ‘Censorship’
It’s a bad time to be a blogger in Russia these days. President Putin has garnered both the admiration and disdain of people from the world over, but his signing a bill that requires Russian bloggers to register with the government media office, Roskomnadzor, is certainly not going to help him stack up brownie points.
Based on a report published by Reporters Without Borders, this bill covers bloggers who have more than 3,000 visits. Basically, bloggers who fall under this bucket will also be covered by laws applicable to professional media and news agencies, which obviously is NOT good for indie bloggers.
Censorship is such a controversial concept, with opposing camps seemingly not willing to give an inch. When it comes to the Internet, censorship becomes an even more sensitive matter, what with social media giving every Jack and Jill a personal megaphone to magnify their every opinion. And, just like what that guy on TV said the other night, opinions are like a$$h—s – everyone has one. Read More
Turkey is apparently about to deny its citizens the right to access Blogger.com in the near future.
However unlike last time when they banned YouTube,Â Turkey is denying access to the service over what appears to be a copyright dispute.
Serhat Ã–zeren, chairman of the Telecommunications and Energy Services Consumer Rights and Industry Research Association (TEDER) and head of the Internet Council at the Ministry of Transportation, said a DiyarbakÄ±r court has issued an order to block blogspot.com after Digiturk filed a complaint against the website on the grounds that it violated the company’s broadcasting rights of Turkey’s top football division. (World Bulletin)
Although copyright infringement is a serious issue (one that even bloggers have to deal with), restricting everyone else’s access due to one offender is a bit extreme in my honest opinion.
There is no word on how long this ban will last (or whether Google will appeal the decision), but hopefully this censorship will be short lived.
According to World Bulletin, the Turkish Parliament is considering a bill that would prevent heavy handed measures like this in the future, and allow the government to block the offending website at the sub domain instead.
Note: Since BlogSpot blogs can simply change domains at a whim, it would be wiser for the company (as well as the Turkish government) to simply send Google a cease and desist order in the future instead of issuing multiple bans against a single offender.
There are reports coming in that Blogger (aka BlogSpot) is unavailable for numerous India users without the assistance of a proxy.
Users are already sounding off upon the official Blogger forums, although one user is suspecting that the block is not due to technical difficulties (which is my first assumption) but rather due to “big brother.”
Blogspot Blogs are increasingly becoming non-accessible in India. Surprisingly, if a person uses a proxy, she can have access to her blog. This logically means that Indian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are blocking access to Blogspot Blogs in India.
Why this step has been taken is still not known. Even at Googleâ€™sÂ Help Forum this question has been put for further discussion and diagnosis of the problem. But even at the Forum the possibility of Blogspot being Blocked/Censored has not been ruled out. (CJNEWS India)
This isn’t the first time India has blocked Blogger, although right now neither the Indian government or Google have issued any public statements regarding why numerous users can not log into Blogger or Â view their blogs online.
While the optimist in me is hoping that this is nothing but a technical difficulty with an ISP, hopefully this isn’t yet another attempt at government censorship.
Note: For those of you in India, can you confirm or deny this report?
Unlike most countries in the western world, bloggers living in hostile nations do not have the luxury of speaking their mind without fear of repercussions from the “benevolent” government.
While I have been fortunate by living in a nation where freedom of speech is respected as a personal right (at least for now), many of my friends in the east do not have that blessing (which might explain why they avoid blogging about anything controversial).
For those of you who desiring to speak your mind without fear of having your head chopped off (literally), here are a few tips you should follow when blogging in a nation ruled by anyone following in the footsteps of “Dear Leader.” Read More