Reporters without borders urges internet users to join in 24-hour online demo against internet censorship

first_img RSF_en No one should ever be prevented from posting news online or writing a blog, but they are in the 13 countries singled out by Reporters Without Borders for a 24-hour online protest against Internet censorship.Worldwide, 61 people are currently in prison for posting “subversive” content on a blog or website. Reporters Without Borders is compiling a list of 13 countries whose governments are “Internet enemies” because they censor and block online content that criticises them. The Internet scares. Censors of every kind exploit its flaws and attack those who pin their hopes on it. Multinationals such as Yahoo! cooperate with the Chinese government in filtering the Internet and tracking down cyber-dissidents.The defence of online free expression and the fate of bloggers in repressive countries concern everyone. So Reporters Without Borders is offering Internet users tools to campaign against Internet predators and is calling on them to participate in an INTERNATIONAL CYBER-DEMO.Everyone is invited to support this struggle by connecting to the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org) between 11 a.m. (Paris time) on Tuesday, 7 November, and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 November. Each click will help to change the “Internet Black Holes” map and help to combat censorship. As many people as possible must participate so that this operation can be a success and have an impact on those governments that try to seal off what is meant to be a space where people can express themselves freely.Protests will also be staged by Reporters Without Borders bureaux around the world to condemn Internet censorship and ethical misconduct of the Internet giants when operating in one of these countries.Reporters Without Borders will publish the list of the 13 Internet enemies on 7 November and at the same time will launch its blog platform, rsfblog, and an Arabic-language version of its press freedom website.The agency Saatchi & Saatchi has created an Internet ad calling on the entire Internet community to take part in the 24-hour campaign. All media, websites and blogs that want to support this large-scale protest are invited to get in touch with Cédric Gervet at +33 1 4483-8474. Organisation Where: www.rsf.orgWhen: 11 A.M. on 7 November to 11 A.M. on 8 November News Freedom of expression is not a luxury. It is everyone’s right! No one should ever be prevented from posting news online or writing a blog, but they are in the 13 countries singled out by Reporters Without Borders for a 24-hour online protest against Internet censorship. Everyone is invited to support this struggle by connecting to www.rsf.org between 11 a.m. (Paris time) on Tuesday, 7 November, and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 November. Help by sharing this information October 26, 2006 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters without borders urges internet users to join in 24-hour online demo against internet censorshiplast_img read more

You must apologize!

first_imgA Jamaican group in Canada is demanding an official apology from a Canadian politician after she reportedly claimed legalizing ganja in Nova Scotia will make the province unproductive like Jamaica.The members of the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia say they want the official apology on the floor of the province’s Legislature from Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, a member of the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia who represents the electoral district of Cumberland North.Claims low productivityDuring a debate on Nova Scotia’s new Cannabis Control Act last month, Smith-McCrossin told Province House that her friend from Jamaica warned her that there is “very low productivity” in the island country due to smoking marijuana.“I think we already have a productivity problem here in Nova Scotia,” Smith-McCrossin said on the floor of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. “We do not need something else making it worse.”The comments drew harsh condemnation and the Progressive Conservative leadership candidate quickly offered extended apologies, stating she “needs to do better.”Caused distress But advocates from JCANS said Smith-McCrossin’s comments caused a lot of distress to Nova Scotia’s Caribbean community.The group recently met with Smith-McCrossin and she once again apologized but JCANS is demanding a formal apology to be given on the floor of the Legislature, as well as diversity training for the Linden, Nova Scotia-born politician and her colleagues. Seeks commitment The group is also asking for a commitment that she will actively support programs for the Jamaican community in Nova Scotia and to help spread awareness of the contributions made by Caribbean people to the province’s social and economic development.“JCANS hopes this event can educate many about Jamaican history and culture and await a response from Smith-McCrossin by the middle of May as agreed to at the meeting,” the non-profit said in a statement. Comments misrepresentedMeanwhile, Donna Gogan, who operates Flutterbye Jamaican Caribbean Cuisine, the Amherst, N.S., business woman who Smith-McCrossin, referred to, has said her comments were misrepresented.Gogan told CBC News that she is a proud Jamaican and Smith-McCrossin’s comments “are completely inaccurate.”“I sincerely apologize to my fellow Jamaican citizens for the negative impact of Elizabeth’s misrepresentation of my comments on our land and the beautiful, hardworking Jamaica people,” she said in a statement, adding that her comments to Smith-McCrossin were that, based on what she’s seen, people who smoke cannabis seem to be less productive, but she also knows people who use cannabis and the use is not apparent. In a statement provided by her leadership team, Smith-McCrossin said she has apologized to Gogan and she is doing it again in public.“She is a good person who never asked to be in the spotlight until I mistakenly put her there last week. Donna and her family are very dear to me,” the statement added. (NewsAmericaNow.com)last_img read more