Lions, tigers, and bloggers! Oh, my!
The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report on the "10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger" last week, just days before World Press Freedom Day, today.
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Do they need this law? Iranian blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi, jailed for insulting the country’s religious leaders, died in Evin Prison in March under circumstances that have not been fully explained, reports CPJ.
In Tunisia, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali warned against examining government “mistakes and violations.” That, he added, would be “an activity that is unbecoming of our society and is not an expression of freedom or democracy.”
It’s a relief to know that democracies don’t make mistakes.
For a more detailed look at international Internet access, usage, and restrictions, it’s worth checking out a special report released a month ago by Freedom House. The report covers 15 countries, including 5 of CPJ’s 10 Worst Blogger nations.
For a more global perspective, check out the Freedom House annual report of press freedom. The freedom map is pretty cool.
Out of the 195 countries and territories covered in the study, 70 (36 percent) are rated Free, 61 (31 percent) are rated Partly Free and 64 (33 percent) are rated Not Free. This represents a modest decline from the 2008 survey in which 72 countries and territories were Free, 59 Partly Free and 64 Not Free. The new survey found that only 17 percent of the world's population lives in countries that enjoy a Free press.
Israel was dinged for its restrictions on coverage of its Gaza offensive. Beijing is curbing Hong Kong’s media. And Italy saw its speech limited by courts, libel laws, intimidation by organized crime and right-wing extremists.