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More countries restrict Internet to stifle critics-report | Reuters

More countries restrict Internet to stifle critics-report | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bahrain slide backwards

* Estonia tops United States for No. 1 spot

(Reuters) - Government restrictions on the Internet have risen over the past year around the world as regimes use violence against bloggers and turn to censorship and arrest to squelch calls for reform, a new report from a U.S. advocacy group has found.

Pakistan, Bahrain and Ethiopia saw the biggest rollbacks in Internet freedom since January 2011 and were among the 20 countries out of 47 assessed by Freedom House that declined in their rankings.

In contrast Tunisia, Libya and Burma, all countries that have seen dramatic political opening or regime changes, improved over previous years along with 14 other countries, the U.S. group, which advocates democracy and open societies, said.

The report was released the day that Vietnam handed out stiff jail terms to three high-profile bloggers for their bold criticism of government handling of land rights issues and corruption.

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#Cartoon – @CNN whitewashing #Bahrain dictatorship

#Cartoon – @CNN whitewashing #Bahrain dictatorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Guardian: CNN and the business of state-sponsored TV news http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/04/cnn-business-state-sponsored-news (Click on image to enlarge)...

 

http://is.gd/CyfhZT  ;  http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com/

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CNN's attempt to discredit story about compromised Bahrain coverage

CNN's attempt to discredit story about compromised Bahrain coverage | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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CNNi has nothing to say about the extensive financial dealings it has with the regime in Bahrain (what the article called "the tidal wave of CNNi's partnerships and associations with the regime in Bahrain, and the hagiography it has broadcast about it"). It has nothing to say about the repellent propaganda it produces for regimes which pay it. It has nothing to say about the Bahrain-praising sources whose vested interests with the regime are undisclosed by CNN. It provides no explanation whatsoever for its refusal to broadcast the iRevolution documentary. It does not deny that it threatened Lyon's severance payments and benefits if she spoke critically about CNNi's refusal. And it steadfastly ignores the concerns and complaints raised by its own long-time employees about its conduct.

In sum, CNNi's response does not deny, or even acknowledge, the crux of the reporting, and simply ignores the vast bulk of the facts revealed about its coverage of, and relationship with, the regime in Bahrain. Indeed, one searches its response in vain for any explanation to the central question which New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof asked nine months ago: .....

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Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN

Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
- Amber Lyon

 

Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage. As Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian writes in his blockbuster article from today:

In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives’ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.

Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.

 

In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN as part of an unrelated move by the network to outsource its investigative documentaries.

“At this point,” Lyon said, “I look at those payments as dirty money to stay silent. I got into journalism to expose, not help conceal, wrongdoing, and I’m not willing to keep quiet about this any longer, even if it means I’ll lose those payments.”

 

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Jordan: Say No to Internet Censorship · Global Voices

Jordan: Say No to Internet Censorship · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Jordan is slipping into a black hole, with new restrictions on Internet freedom approved by the government today [August 22, 2012]. First, the government gave the go ahead to block websites.Now, a new Publications Law, which allows for more control and censorship over the Internet, has has been given the go ahead.

According to Al Ghad newspaper [ar], the Jordanian government approved amendments to the Publications and Press Law, which now require the owners of websites to register with the government and obtain a license, “just like any other publication.” Owners of websites will also be made responsible for the content of comments published by readers on their sites. ....

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This Week in Internet Censorship: Netizens Sentenced in Oman, Malaysia, and Bahrain; Maldivian Blogger Attacked; New Human Rights Watch Report on Iraqi Cybercrime Bill | Electronic Frontier Foundation

In Bahrain and Oman, netizens are coming under fire once again. In Bahrain--where opposition activists have frequently been detained and maligned on social networks--Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, a fellow member of IFEX, wassentenced on July 10 to three months in prison for a tweet.  Rajab was arrested in May and charged with inciting protest on social networks.  After being released on bail, he was thenarrested again on June 6 on charges of "insulting in public" after tweeting for Bahrain's rulers to step down.  Rajab has been persecuted by the Bahraini government for more than a year for his activism as part of their broader crackdown on opposition.  EFF once again calls on the international community to condemn the persecution of bloggers and citizen journalists at the hands of Bahrain's regime. ....

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Bahrain Cracks Down on Social Media, Arresting Activists and Proposing New Laws | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Bahrain Cracks Down on Social Media, Arresting Activists and Proposing New Laws | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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It is this regime which  has labelled those killed by torture as drowning victims . They have labelled those being killed by security forces as  sickle cell victims  and they have used PR BullSh*t to completely distort the true picture of Bahrain. This cannot be tolerated. The rule of law shall prevail.

....Send the Al-Khalifas to the ICC for judgement"

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[Samira Rajab is such a propagandist troll ! ]

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Bahrain Centre for Human Rights wins Index on Censorship Advocacy Award 2012

Nabeel Rajab accepts the award for Advocacy at the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2012, on behalf of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights...
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Iranians using proxy servers 10 times more than they were last year

Iranians using proxy servers 10 times more than they were last year | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Despite the partial Internet blackout in Iran, there is some evidence that people are still finding their way online.

 

AnchorFree VPN:  http://is.gd/C6F52j

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Did Guardian cave to pressure from Bahrain? Story critical of the regime removed from site

Did Guardian cave to pressure from Bahrain? Story critical of the regime removed from site | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thanks to the internet, nothing really ever disappears.

As such, here’s a screen capture of a Guardian report on Jan. 30 titled “Bahrain has failed to adopt reform: So why is the Grand Prix going ahead?“, which is no longer on their site.

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MIDEAST: Censorship Changes Colours - IPS ipsnews.net

Attempts by regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to suppress the
flow of information during the region's pro-democracy uprisings has led a
higher number of journalists killed, attacked or arrested.
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Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More | TorrentFreak

Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More | TorrentFreak | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Google has expanded its search blacklist to include many of the top file-sharing sites on the Internet, including The Pirate Bay. ...

How positive this difference really is, of course depends on who you ask. IsoHunt owner Gary Fung told TorrentFreak that Google is going down a dangerous path.

“It’s a lot more subtle than the censorship attempts made possible by the pending PROTECT IP and SOPA bills, but it’s still censorship and it starts small. Google is increasingly becoming a self-righteous Big Brother of the Web. So much for ‘Do no evil’,” Fung told us.

A Pirate Bay insider also told TorrentFreak that Google doesn’t live up up to its famous motto.

 

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About Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

About Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Index on Censorship is Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression. Our website provides up-to-the-minute news and information on free expression from around the world. A wide-ranging programme of events and projects put our causes into action.

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Iran blocks access to Gmail

Iran blocks access to Gmail | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Iran blocked access to Google’s popular and relatively secure Gmail service Monday amid first steps by the Islamic republic to establish a walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide Internet.

Access to Google’s search page (www.google.com) was also restricted to its unsecured version, web users in Iran found. Attempts to access it using a secure protocol (https://www.google.com) were also blocked.

The curbs were announced in a mobile phone text message quoting Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, an adviser to Iran’s public prosecutor’s office and the secretary of an official group tasked with detecting Internet content deemed illegal.

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“Due to the repeated demands of the people, Google and Gmail will be filtered nationwide. They will remain filtered until further notice,” the message read.

Google’s own website tracking country-by-country access to its services did not immediately reflect the blocks (www.google.com/transparencyreport/traffic/?r=IR&l=GMAIL&csd=123079680000…).

But several residents in Tehran told AFP they were unable to get into their Gmail accounts unless they used VPN (virtual private network)

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CNN is bought-off by AlKhalifa terrorists in Bahrain

CNN is bought-off by AlKhalifa terrorists in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On 19 June 2011 at 8pm, CNN's domestic outlet in the US aired "iRevolution" for the first and only time. The program received prestigious journalism awards, including a 2012 Gold Medal from New York Festival's Best TV and Films.

 

See 'iRevolution' subpart on Bahrain:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB2DeZBgTEk 

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Bahrain portion of iRevolution on CNN June 19 2011

Bahrain portion of iRevolution on CNN June 19 2011...
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FinSpy Software Is Tracking Political Dissidents

FinSpy Software Is Tracking Political Dissidents | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two researchers say an off-the-shelf computer program has been used to monitor and spy on dissidents in countries around the world.
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Gamma Says No Spyware Sold to Bahrain; May Be Stolen Copy

Gamma Says No Spyware Sold to Bahrain; May Be Stolen Copy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Gamma International GmbH’s managing director said his company didn’t sell its FinFisher spyware to Bahrain, responding to research that showed activists from the Persian Gulf kingdom were targeted by what looked like the software, which can...

 

[To those affected, it matters little how the software was obtained.....Al-Khalifa terrorists have it and are using it! ]   [#Spyware filter tag at this site ]

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Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations

Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A United Nations human rights body resolution passed this week called Internet access and freedom of online expression a basic human right.

The resolution says that all people should be allowed to connect to and express themselves freely on the Internet. All 47 members of the Human Rights Council, including notoriously censorship-prone countries such as China and Cuba, signed the resolution

 

[This should impact directly upon Nabeel Rajab's case.....]

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Bahrain named ‘enemy of Internet’ - UAE under surveillance

PARIS, March 12, (AP): The Arab Spring is changing the face of Internet freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders, which released its latest “Enemies of the Internet” list Monday.

The annual report classifies as “enemies” countries that severely curtail freedom of expression on and access to the Web. It also draws up a list of states “under surveillance.”

The group added Bahrain to its enemies list, citing a news blackout and harassment of bloggers in an attempt to quell a yearlong Shiite-led rebellion against the Sunni monarchy.

The country had previously been under surveillance.

“Bahrain offers a perfect example of successful crackdowns, with an information blackout achieved through an impressive arsenal of repressive measures: exclusion of the foreign media, harassment of human rights defenders, arrests of bloggers and netizens (one of whom died behind bars), prosecutions and defamation campaigns against free expression activists, disruption of communications,” the Paris-based group’s report said. ...

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EU targets Iran's Internet snoops.....blacklisted.....

EU targets Iran's Internet snoops.....blacklisted..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

EU countries have banned the sale of Internet-snooping technology to Iran and blacklisted the country's top cyber-censors. ....

EU-based companies, such as the UK's Creativity Software and Finnish-German company Nokia Siemens Networks, have in recent years faced embarrassment for allegedly selling relevant hardware and software to Iran.

The list of items now designated by the EU measure includes: "deep packet inspection equipment ... semantic processing engine equipment ... speaker recognition/processing equipment ... pattern recognition and pattern profiling equipment ... semantic processing engine equipment ... [and] WEP and WPA code-breaking equipment." ....

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Iran begins blocking access to Gmail, other sites

Iran begins blocking access to Gmail, other sites | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Post’s Thomas Erdbrink reports what it’s like to not be able to access Web sites in Iran.
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Worried about possible restrictions on Twitter? Here’s how to get around them.

Worried about possible restrictions on Twitter? Here’s how to get around them. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As we reported, Twitter announced today that it may block specific content on a country-by-country basis if required. However, it seems very easy to get around these upcoming limitations.


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Megaupload Takedown: The Real Meaning | ZeroHedge : NO to SOPA!

Megaupload Takedown: The Real Meaning | ZeroHedge : NO to SOPA! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Feds’ takedown of Megaupload shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that SOPA, PIPA or any similar legislation is wholly unnecessary.

As the Atlantic’s Dashiell Bennett correctly notes:

The shutdown inadvertently proved that the U.S. government already has all the power it needs to take down its copyright villains, even those that aren’t based in the United States. No SOPA or PIPA required.
Indeed, that might be why SOPA’s chief sponsor – who said he’d still push SOPA even after Wednesday’s web blackout – backed down right right after megaupload was taken down. (Granted, it could have also been because Anonymous’ hacking spree showed that draconian legislation won’t stop techies, or because of increased political pressure from other areas.)

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Anonymous - Operation Blackout

End internet censorship anywhere/everywhere that you find it!  Stand with Anonymous against the regimes who conspire to take away freedoms!

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