Sunday, May 03, 2009

Worst countries in which to blog

Via: Saudi Jeans I read this account:

Burma is the worst place in the world to be a blogger, the Committee to Protect Journalists says in a new report. CPJ’s “10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger” also identifies a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia where Internet penetration has blossomed and government repression has grown in response....

Relying on a mix of detentions, regulations, and intimidation, authorities in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Egypt have emerged as the leading online oppressors in the Middle East and North Africa. China and Vietnam, where burgeoning blogging cultures have encountered extensive monitoring and restriction, are among Asia’s worst blogging nations. Cuba and Turkmenistan, nations where Internet access is heavily restricted, round out the dishonor roll.

Selma, the translator-poet blogger who writes from Tehran with love has gradually grown quiet over the last year. Her distress is quite acute, to those who follow her blog, though it remains mainly hinted at. A few months ago she said:

"I blog out of total desperation,When I feel completely hopeless and have nowhere else to go."

Her more recent posts, delivered between increasingly longer periods of silence, bespeak of a quiet despair. Some time ago she mentioned that her father had warned her to be extra vigilant about what she writes on her blog.

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