Blogs and media censorship – Iran and Sri Lanka

“Given the repressive media environment in Iran today, blogs may represent the most open public communications platform for political discourse. The peer-to-peer architecture of the blogosphere is more resistant to capture or control by the state than the older, hub and spoke architecture of the mass media model.”

The very same could be said of the blogoshere in Sri Lanka today.

Read the fascinating study, Mapping Iran’s Online Public: Politics and Culture in the Persian Blogosphere, conducted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society here.  

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6 comments on “Blogs and media censorship – Iran and Sri Lanka

  1. Dayan Jayatilleka
    April 9, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    so now we are Iran?

    way to go folks.

  2. Sanjana Hattotuwa
    April 9, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    Yako Dayan,

    We may be worse.

    Amongst other things, in Iran I doubt you have morons disguised as Government MPs who storm into State broadcasting facilities, Police who try to abduct journalists or hold journalists in custody without any charge, a regime that shuts down media houses and stifles critical voices, openly says it wants to hack websites, blocks others, a Defense Secretary who calls up and threatens senior Editors (and issues bogus VISAs, but I guess being at the front lines of diplomacy, you wouldn’t know too much about what happens back home) and openly says that if he were President, he would be in favour of stronger censorship or senior Government Ministers and Public Servants who shoot their mouth off on media freedom and openly threaten media personnel.

    And this isn’t even taking into account that which the LTTE and TMVP are responsible for in the North and East of Sri Lanka over the years, which for some odd reason, are facts more publicised by the Government.

    But then again, you did find Russia under Putin to be spiffy, so I guess things in Sri Lanka’s problems with media pale into insignificance. Here’s an idea – maybe the “mission with a Mission” can do a piece on this. Shaggedelic baby, yeah!

    Sanjana

  3. Thiz 'n' Dat
    April 11, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    Even in the United States, bloggers have faced challenges in exercising freedom of speech:

    http://thizndat.blogspot.com/2008/04/i-am-kathleen-freedom-of-speech.html

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