Posts Tagged ‘RSF’

The Sorry State of Blog Freedom in Vietnam

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Map and flag of Vietnam

Vietnam continues to be a woeful example of suppression of online speech. From the Reporters Without Borders dossier on the country:

Online media and blogs, mainly those hosted on WordPress, Multiply or Blogspot, thanks to contributions from citizen journalists, have acquired a de facto status equivalent to a sort of independent private press and are having a growing impact on public opinion. … Bloggers are carrying out actual field surveys whose results could not be published in the traditional media. Thanks to the Internet and to the debate and opinion-sharing spaces which it offers, a virtual civil society has emerged. Pro-democratic activists and critics of the government have found refuge there, which worries the authorities.

Jordan Modifies Law Targeting Online Reporting

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Reporters Without Borders reports that the government of Jordan has yielded to protests and amended its newly introduced Information Systems Crimes Law to remove some of its most controversial features. But RWB “continues to call for its repeal as it still grants the authorities arbitrary restrictive powers, above all because of its vague wording.”

Background here.