Thursday, September 22, 2005

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissisdents

Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb
and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others
see them as the vanguard of a new information
revolution. Because they allow and encourage
ordinary people to speak up, they're tremendous
tools of freedom of expression.

Bloggers are often the only real journalists in
countries where the mainstream media is censored
or under pressure. Only they provide independent
news, at the risk of displeasing the government
and sometimes courting arrest.

Reporters Without Borders has produced this
handbook to help them, with handy tips and
technical advice on how to remain anonymous and
to get round censorship, by choosing the most
suitable method for each situation. It also
explains how to set up and make the most of a
blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up
efficiently by search-engines) and to establish
its credibility through observing basic ethical
and journalistic principles.

Available in five
languages (English, French, Chinese, Arabic and
Persian) from the Reporters Without Borders website:


illogicist said...

interesting how its arabic, persian and chinese, eh? (english and french being standard)

muscati said...

Because Arabic, Iranian and Chinese bloggers are the ones whose governments are probably most likely to arrest them for what they blog about la.

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