14 May 2008

Bloggers Unite for Human Rights : Journalists

Bloggers Unite

In many countries, journalists, bloggers and photographers are thrown imprisoned or killed for doing their job of keeping us informed. For instance, in Burma:
. . . Gen. Than Shwe, had no hesitation in giving the order to fire on the crowd in September 2007. Japanese reporter Kenji Nagai was killed, some 15 Burmese reporters were arrested for carrying out interviews about the crushing of the protests and the Internet was cut for two weeks.
Reporters Without Borders
  • defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and exposes the mistreatment and torture of them in many countries.
  • fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom.
  • gives financial aid each year to 100 or so journalists or media outlets in difficulty (to pay for lawyers, medical care and equipment) as well to the families of imprisoned journalists.
  • works to improve the safety of journalists, especially those reporting in war zones.
The Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents gives clear explanations about blogging for all those whose online freedom of expression is subject to restrictions, and it shows how to sidestep the censorship measures imposed by certain governments.


Michael said...

That handbook is Awesome Thanks for the resource!!

Great Post

Susan Demeter said...

What a wonderful idea! I wish I had known about it sooner. Great post!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

A matter nearer and dearer to my heart than one might assume! Thanks to the post and the link!

Oh, and I know I'm early... but happy BYB Sunday! It's a long weekend here in Ontario so we'll be gone a while and wanted to "check in" and say "HI!" before we're off!

Dave Donelson said...

Excellent post and thanks for pointing out the handbook--a useful tool for us all.
Thanks for your thoughts on human rights. As the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reminds us, “…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds

Anonymous said...

There are bloggers who have already received international recognition, such as Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, who recently won a digital journalism prize from Spain's newspaper El Pais, for "her 'shrewdness' in overcoming hurdles to freedom of expression in Cuba, her 'vivacious' style and her drive to join the 'global space of citizen journalism.'"

Anonymous said...

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