Thursday, November 5, 2009

Map of threatened or arrested bloggers around the world


Threatened Voices is a new project by Global Voices (a community of bloggers), that maps instances where bloggers and online writers have been threatened, arrested, killed, or disappeared by authorities for speaking out online since 2000. The map is accompanied by an interactive timeline that help visualize the story of threats and arrests against bloggers worldwide. The site also has extensive information and stories about those whose right to free speech were suppressed.


Never before have so many people been threatened or imprisoned for what the words they write on the internet.

As activists and ordinary citizens have increasingly made use of the internet to express their opinions and connect with others, many governments have also increased surveillance, filtering, legal actions and harassment. The harshest consequence for many has been the politically motivated arrest of bloggers and online writers for their online and/or offline activities, in some tragic cases even leading to death. Online journalists and bloggers now represent 45% of all media workers in prison worldwide.

China tops the list with 33 on record, followed by Egypt with 29 and Iran with 23.

[via Boing Boing]


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