A post criticizing the Singaporean government’s management of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) for retirees got blogger Roy Ngerng into deep trouble with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is not only suing him but also seeking a summary judgement, in which the court would rule without examining the substance of the case.
Alek Boyd is a UK-based Venezuelan who blogs about corruption in Venezuela on infodio.com. On 14 January, he posted the details of a lawsuit that a former US ambassador to Venezuela has filed against the partners of Derwick Associates, a Venezuelan firm accused of bribing Venezuelan officials to get contracts in the energy engineering sector. Since then, Boyd’s blog has been blocked in Venezuela.
More than 22,000 Chinese, including many close relatives of the country’s top leaders, have accounts in offshore tax havens, according to reports this week in various international media based on leaked documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. These reports have been censored in China. The websites of the Guardian, El País and Süddeutsche Zeitung newspapers are now blocked.
The Iranian news website Khabarnegaran.info has just published an article by Nikki Azad entitled “Journalists who worship the government,” which criticizes the lack of neutrality of certain Iranian media since Hassan Rouhani became president. Nikki Azad is not the writer’s real name. Khabarnegaran’s journalists use pseudonyms in order to be able to speak their minds.
The National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) issued a censorship order on 9 November for websites reporting parallel exchange rates. Administrative proceedings have also been initiated against Internet Service Providers allowing access to these websites. CONATEL chief Pedro Maldonado said 50 websites were concerned by the measure.
Despite government harassment, independent photojournalism is alive and well in “Europe’s last dictatorship.” For the fourth year running, the Belarus Press Photo competition (BPP) is poised to award local photographers who have a gift for covering
The journalist Fábio Pannunzio announced the death of his blog, O Blog do Pannunzio, on 26 September 2012. By shutting down his online showcase on his own initiative amid harassment by the courts, he took judicial censorship to its logical conclusion.
Was it just a bump in the road or was it a turning point in the history of censorship in China? The future will tell, but the journalists at the Guangzhou-based weekly Nanfang Zhoumo (南方周末) have clearly waged a heroic battle against the authorities’ attempts to silence them.
Minoru Tanaka, a 52-year-old Japanese freelancer who has written many investigative pieces about the nuclear power industry, is being sued for 67 million yen (600,000 euros) – an enormous sum he would never be able to pay – over a story that looked at the connections between nuclear industr
A strike by oil workers snowballed a year ago in Zhanaozen, in western Kazakhstan, and ended up being crushed brutally by the security forces on 16 December 2011. The authorities skilfully imposed a news blackout on the event at the local, regional and national levels.
Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a journalist who works for Hablemos Press, a Havana-based independent information centre, was arrested on 16 September 2012 after writing about cholera and dengue epidemics in Cuba.
The Moroccan government withdrew its accreditation from Omar Brouksy, one of Agence France-Presse’s journalists in Rabat, on 4 October 2012. Issued by the communication ministry, this accreditation is what allows professional journalists to work in Morocco.
In Vietnam, all it takes to be defined as an enemy of the government is to raise human rights issues or speak out about politics. Espousing an alternative to the Communist Party’s social vision is to stand against the state. Those who defend freedom risk losing it.