Bloggers under siege

Just found out that Malaysia’s case against bloggers isn’t a first. Egypt made serious attempts to clamp down on bloggers since May 2006 and to date it is the first one to jail a blogger because of his blog posts and comments (yes, even a comment could land you in jail!). Filipino blogger Yuga is also tackling a case against him for maintaining a forum that contained libelous items against a certain company.

These cases highlighted the threat to freedom of expression on the Internet and various organizations expressed concern including Reporters Without Borders, an international organization advocating press freedom.

Blogs are increasingly becoming popular means of expression of any ordinary person. It has become a tool of power on the blogosphere and certainly most bloggers are aware of this responsibility. This development highlighted the dangers of tackling very popular but sensitive issues like politics and religion online and also showed that blogs are not taken for granted and have some influence on a nation’s politics and religion.

But sometimes even a personal blog could cost one’s job. There are many cases and the first case in Britain came from a company considered as a bastion of freedom in the UK. There’s also this one guy who worked for Microsoft then took a photo at his office during a sensitive delivery and posted on his blog site the next working day his boss asked him to resign. Yes freedom of speech has its consequences.


2 thoughts on “Bloggers under siege

  1. A good example of censorship would be “Google China” – Google had to comply with the Chinese government’s request to ban certain sites from appearing in search results. Meaning, whenever people search some Chinese government listed keywords, (those keywords are confidential), will list the following at the bottom of the page: “According to the local laws, regulations and policies, part of the searching result is not shown.” A blacklist.

    Another famous example (which became a verb “dooce” – meaning, to lose one’s job because of blogging, specially if one mentions his/her employer in the blog)… is the blogger from

    It’s DEFINITELY not a good idea to mention one’s employer in your blog, unless you have their permission or it’s work-related (provided you’re not violating signed confidentiality agreements.)

  2. thanks for this Massa P! Actually Thailand also censors some websites. It acts as Big Brother to many Thai (and foreigners) who try to access pornographic websites. But you know one time I tried to set up a blog site for a group (over blogspot)–it was flagged as inappropriate (it was directed to a japanese site that “filters the Internet of inappropriate sites)??!!!! and i haven’t posted yet a single entry! (well good thing). The topic of the supposed blogsite was Animal Health Communication–when did an academic forum become inappropriate???

    I tried to email the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology here but got no response.

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