The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) came out with a disturbing report last week, in which it noted that out of 125 incarcerated as of 1st December 2008, 56 of them were online journalists including bloggers. As CPJ notes, [it is] a tally that surpasses the number of print journalists for the first time. The … Continue reading 125 journalists in jail. 3 in Sri Lanka. Bloggers next?
Censorship of media in Sri Lanka isn't a new phenomenon, but the Rajapakse regime took it a step further recently when it recently promulgated a new set of regulations through a gazette notification, called the Private Television Broadcasting Station Regulations. The over broad and ill-defined regulations, in parts copied and pasted verbatim from Indian Cable TV … Continue reading Gagging the web and Internet: Implications of the proposed Private TV Broadcasting Regulations in Sri Lanka
Late last year, Ashoka received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a program aimed at identifying, supporting, and connecting social entrepreneurs in knowledge and news. The idea was to use Ashoka’s existing global network to find innovators using journalistic strategies to create transformative social change—and to create a … Continue reading Journalism of the future? Problems and challenges.
Tissa’s case is more than a set of ludicrous charges against an individual. The charges, the length of time he was held without any charge and the manner in which he was treated while imprisoned are all carefully engineered to generate fear and anxiety amongst independent journalists and media. In this, the Rajapakse regime has … Continue reading The charges against Tissainayagam: Implications for bloggers in Sri Lanka
First it was shutting down blog sites after the Mumbai bombings in 2006. This year it was attempting to snoop into communications conducted over BlackBerry's. Now Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them. The story on the Wall … Continue reading Unmasking bloggers in India raises some interesting questions
Image courtesy The Economist An article in the Economist explores an issue central to my work - the rise of hate speech on the web and the means through which it's production, dissemination and influence can be constrained. In The brave new world of e-hatred, the Economist notes that, What is much more disturbing is the … Continue reading Addressing hatred on the web
A recent article on the Citizen Media Summit organised by Global Voices Online featured in the European Journalism Centre website is essential reading for activist bloggers in particular and citizen journalists interested in interrogating repression, violent conflict and human rights abuses. The article on the EJC website suggests that, Blogging is a truly global phenomenon Bloggers are … Continue reading Authoritarian regimes and governments vs. bloggers
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has a good write up of an event held recently in London that looked at the impact of new media, the web and Internet on polity and society in the Arab world. It notes that, Keeping up or catching up, respectively, with world standards of communication infrastructure, the Arab and … Continue reading Social and political change in the Arab world through new media
A presentation made recently at "Asia Regional Forum for Media Development: Creating a Democratic Media Culture in in Asia" organised by the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). If the presentation online on Slideshare is too small, just go ahead and download a PDF of the presentation here. (approx. 10Mb)
Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Consequences, an article about the recent controversy on Singapore's reaction to US Citizen and former Singaporan lawyer Gopolan Nair who was arrested, detained and released on bail for “taunting a Singaporan judge” raises some interesting questions about the freedom of expression. As the article notes, Committee to Protect Journalists … Continue reading Freedom of Expression in Singapore vs. Sri Lanka