In a lecture at New York University yesterday I was asked a question about web censorship in Sri Lanka. We are nowhere near Iran or China in the scope of online censorship, but there have been disturbing signs nevertheless about the government desire to control and contain the freedom of expression on the web. RSF … Continue reading New media versus online censorship
Why am I not surprised? Tamilnet.com is inaccessible once more from Sri Lanka. Anyone able to explain why it was accessible for over 12 hours over the weekend gets a drink on me. Vive la censure!
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Without the freedom to challenge, even to satirise all orthodoxies, including religious orthodoxies, it ceases to exist. Language and the imagination cannot be imprisoned, or art will die, and with it, a little of what makes us human." Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands … Continue reading Censored – Forum theatre on freedom of expression at a time of war
In moves bound to embolden Sri Lanka's own regime to officially clamp down on websites, Thailand and Malaysia blocked or shut down hundreds of websites this week. Thailand's manifestly idiotic and regressive lese majeste laws were used to shut down 344 out of a total of 400 sites it shut down. As this Asia Media report … Continue reading Thailand and Malaysia clamp down websites
On the same day The Island newspaper cited net terrorism (sic) as the cause for an outrageous gaffe in its Children Section came news that the Lanka Dissent website had been hacked into. I don't for a moment believe that The Island was a victim of Internet "terrorism" but as an excuse it's credence was … Continue reading Independent media websites hacked in Sri Lanka?