Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Committee to Protect Journalists has chosen the worst for the country's bloggers.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has published a list of the ten countries most adverse to the bloggers, where the authorities intervene aggressively in the Internet in general and the process of online journals in particular.
In the first place in the "list of shame" - Myanmar (Burma). In this country the spread of the Internet does not exceed 1 percent, so the majority of citizens have access to the network in an Internet cafe. The activities of these institutions tightly regulated, there is introduced censorship, and the authorities used the opportunity to view your e-mail. At least two of Myanmar bloggers are in jail. One of them, known by the nickname Zarganar, was sentenced to 59 years in prison for distributing the video after the devastation of cyclone "Nargis" in 2008. How to remind the authors of the study, during the popular unrest in 2007, the internet in Myanmar was cut off completely.
Next on the list followed by CPJ Iran, Syria, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Tunisia, China, Turkmenistan and Egypt. In each of these countries' authorities tightly control access to the Internet, and actively struggled with dissent in the virtual space. For example, in Cuba in prison sat at least 20 bloggers in China - at least 24. In Syria, an online diary shocked "pervasive" self-censorship, and the first Internet cafe in Turkmenistan guarded by soldiers.
"The governments of the countries from this list are trying to reverse the information revolution, and until they do it" - said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon (Joel Simon). According to him, human rights, care about the politicians, the Internet community, and IT-companies should unite to protect bloggers around the world.
Report prepared by CPJ Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3.

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