Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

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24 hours against censorship on the Internet — Join the movement!

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Demo Egypt

Today, I attended demonstrations in Eritrea and Egypt. I might go to China and Cuba later. That’s me up there, on Hosni Mubarak Square in Cairo earlier today. Obviously, I haven’t been flying all over the world between classes. I am participating in Reporters Without Borders’ 24 hours against censorship on the Internet. The freedom of information group is organizing cyber-demonstrations all day in support of journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents who have been jailed, harassed or prosecuted for what they’ve posted on the Web. The demonstrations are held on virtual replicas of famous gathering spots in Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam, the countries most famous for their crackdown of online speech. It’s just a bit of support from the bloggers who have it easy to those who don’t but still blog. Join the movement.

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Written by Isabelle Roughol

Wednesday, 12 March, 2008 at 17:42

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  1. Total hypocrisy by RSF, if you take the countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Although I am no fan of both governments, Ethiopia is in far worst state that Eritrea or the other countries listed. It blatantly blocks any blogs, jams all foreign radio stations (VOA, BBC etc) an d reacts harshly on dissidents.

    Dan

    Thursday, 13 March, 2008 at 01:26

  2. Point taken. By RSF’s own calculations, Egypt (146) for instance is higher up in the rankings of press freedom than Ethiopia (150), though Eritrea is way at the bottom (169). I’m not familiar enough with those countries to evaluate the validity of choosing Eritrea over Ethiopia for this protest. Could it be because Ethiopia has gone 10 spots up from last year and RSF doesn’t want to discourage relative ‘progress’? Could it be because RSF has to do diplomacy too, and it didn’t think it would get anything from Ethiopia if the country were lumped together with rival Eritrea? I’m not sure. What do you think?

    Isabelle

    Thursday, 13 March, 2008 at 01:35

  3. You are completely correct when you said RSF being diplomatic, it probably is also trying to appease it’s sponsors (who have other interests in those countries). IMO RSF’s should rather tell it how it is, rather than selectively distorting things. The world is in its current state, because people who should know better for one reason or another are, either trying to turn a blind eye or blatantly providing cover for some really ugly people.

    My case in point is this article below from one of the British newspapers ( the only one that seemed to report this)

    http://url2cut.com/?8gQ

    In it you can clearly see, despite horrible atrocities worse than Darfur being instigated, you have non other that the highest US diplomat in Africa (Jendayi Frazer) proving cover for monstrous acts and by the looks of it many reporters for fear of upsetting the cart chose not to report it.

    So when I see Countries like Eritrea being vilified to no end, yet others given a pass, they see the political and diplomatic hypocrisy and will have no incentive or desire to change.

    Dan

    Thursday, 13 March, 2008 at 12:52


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