While it should come as no surprise to anyone that follows the news or gets depressed by Twitter on a regular basis, freedom of the press – an important check against corruption and the misuse of power in a democracy – is on the decline. Read the rest
The creators of the annual press freedom index have added the US and Britain to their list of countries that repress online speech, arrest bloggers and use the internet to conduct domestic surveillance. Read the rest
In this year's Reporters Without Borders international press freedom index, the U.S. slumped to 47th place, a fall of 27 places, largely due to arrests of journalists covering protests. Read the rest
An enormous, diverse global coalition of press freedom and human rights groups have signed onto a letter (PDF) opposing America's Stop Online Piracy Act, the worst proposed Internet law in the USA's legislative history. Read the rest
After Sarkozy's "EG8" conference last week -- an event that brought together government leaders and Internet execs to legitimize an effort to censor and surveil the net -- a group of civil society people and activists threw an impromptu press-conference to explain what Sarko and company missed by treating the net as simply an engine for big business. Read the rest
Reporters Sans Frontiers, among the most prominent advocates for a free press, writes that Wikileaks' recent disclosures--which inadvertently exposed the names of Afghan collaborators--offer democratic governments "good grounds for putting the Internet under closer surveillance." Wikileaks, writes secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, should behave more journalistically: "Wikileaks is an information outlet and, as such, is subject to the same rules of publishing responsibility as any other media." Read the rest
A creative new advertising campaign from journalist advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), aimed at various regimes hostile to press freedom, including China. Click for larger size to see the detail that makes this such a compelling design. Read the rest
Reports Without Borders has shipped a free guide for "Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents" on publishing anonymously without getting fired, imprisoned or executed.
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Bloggers need to be anonymous when they are putting out information that risks their safety.