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As of 2008 there are more internet journalists in prisons all over the world than print, tv, or radio. In some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or ...

As of 2008 there are more internet journalists in prisons all over the world than print, tv, or radio. In some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or photo. These professional journalist or citizen journalist who posts news, information, or commentary on the internet, implying criticism of a government or regime. are called cyber dissidents.

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  • The Cyber dissident MIT2412 www.bloggingatuwo.webs.com Hanan Kamal Eldahry
  • Cyber-dissident
    • a professional journalist or citizen journalist who posts news, information, or commentary on the internet that implies criticism of a government or regime.
    • Source: wikipedia
  • Orgnizations Offering a Community for Cyber-dissidents
    • Global Voices: globalvoicesonline.org
        • A leading participatory media news room for voices from the developing world.
          • Goals:
            • Call Attention
            • Facilitate & enable new voices
            • Advocate for freedom of expression
      • Source: www.globalvoicesonline.org
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  • Organizations Defending Journalists Worldwide
    • Reporters Without Borders
        • http://www.rsf.org
          • Mission:
            • Defends
            • Fights
            • Gives Financial Aid
            • Works
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  • Organizations Defending Journalists Worldwide
    • Committee to Protect Journalists
        • http://cpj.org
        • publicly reveals abuses against the press
        • warns journalists and news organizations
  • Why is press freedom important?
  • Answer:
    • Without a free press, few other human rights are attainable.
        • It is a CORE right/freedom
  • 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
    • 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors.
  • 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
    • 125 journalists in all behind bars on December 1, 2008
  • 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
    • CHINA-world’s #1 jailer of journalists
  • 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
    • Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers
  • 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
    • Forty-five of the journalists on CPJ's census are freelancers
    SOURCE: http: //cpj .org/reports/2008/12/cpjs-2008-prison-census-online-and-in-jail. php
  • Freedom Loving Countries Source: Reporters without Borders
  • What do the Top 20 Freedom Loving Countries have in common?
  • Answer:
    • A parliamentary democratic system, and not being involved in any war.
  • China
    • 24 of 28 jailed journalists worked online.
    • The leading human activist in China, Hu Jia arrested
  • Cuba
    • the world's second worst jailer
    • 21 writers and editors in prison
    • Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez- 65 is the oldest of those jailed in Cuba.
  • Burma
    • Third worst jailer
    • Holding 14 journalists.
    • Maung Thura
  • Middle East
    • Syria leads in cyber-repression: #159
    • Egypt: #146
      • Abdel Karim Suleiman, a 23 y.o. Egyptian blogger
    • Isreal: #46th domestically and 149th outside its own territory
  • Iran
    • 166th on the list of Freedom Loving Countries
    • Applies death penalty to Web Crimes
    • Hossein Derakhshan
      • Kick started the countries blogging revolution.
      • 34 year old Iranian Canadian
      • award-winning weblog, "Editor: Myself" (http://hoder.com/weblog), which was started in September, 2001
  • Where does Canada Stand?
    • #13 on the List of Freedom Loving Countries
    • Aside from New Zealand and Canada, the first 20 positions are held by European countries.
  • United States
    • Holding photographer Ibrahim Jassam without charge in Iraq
    • Made CPJ's list of countries jailing journalists for the fifth consecutive year
    • 36th domestically and 119th outside its own territory) and Israel (46th domestically and 149th outside its own territory
    • As of Dec. 2008:The U.S. military still refusing to release him.
  • A decade of imprisonment
  • Trends
    • 2008 tally reflects the second consecutive decline in the total number of jailed journalists
  • Trends
    • Imprisonments rose significantly in 2001, after governments imposed sweeping national security laws in the wake of the 9/11
  • Trends
    • Print and Internet journalists make up the bulk of the census
  • Trends
    • Most Common Charges:
      • charges unrelated to journalism
      • Violations of censorship rules
      • Criminal Defamation
      • charges of ethnic or religious insult.
  • Trends
    • For the fifth consecutive Year the U.S. makes the list of countries jailing journalists