23 Mar 2005

Blogs defending free expression to be honoured

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Reporters Without Borders invites Internet users to submit outstanding examples of blogs* defending free expression from which a shortlist will be compiled for an online vote to choose the best.

We want to draw attention to the importance of weblogs in countries where the traditional press is under the control of the authorities. Throughout the world, Internet users are adopting this new tool to combat censorship and circulate independent news and information.

Selection criteria :
The blog must be kept by an Internet user or a small group of Internet users. It must not belong to a governmental or non-governmental organisation.

It must have existed for more than six months and must be updated regularly.

It must use a specialised publishing tool such as typepad, blogger.com, blogspirit or an equivalent. Sites that do not use a standard online publishing tool but function in an identical manner to a weblog will be considered on a case by case basis.

The blogs of professional journalists will be accepted.

All blogs will be considered, whatever their language.

Nomination submissions should be sent by e-mail to internet@rsf.org .

They should include the web address or addresses of the blog and a short description of its activity. The blogger does not have to be identified.


Singabloodypore has been shortlisted. That is enough to massage my ego. I hope that the importance of Radio Free Nepal will result in the 6 months existence criteria being overlooked. Otherwise a very worrying situation in Nepal will not receive the much needed publicity.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! In fact, some time ago, I even e-mailed my friends to visit your blog (usually I only forward stuff rather than act as "originator" of a whole new mail on a certain topic).

I've already compiled a list of reasons for wanting to migrate but will probably wait until I succeed - like how you kept yourself out of reach first - before launching my onslaught. :p

soci said...

looking forward to that list.

KnightofPentacles said...

To anonymous:

I am attempting to document and chart the Singapore emigration journey - and would love to hear your story.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at your leisure.

Agagooga said...

Hmm there used to be hordes of commenters here

Anonymous said...

hi knightofpentacles, oops it's indeed more like a description of my own encounter and views...not so much "a list of reasons" y I think other people should quit s'pore (just that personally i'm trying my best to leave).

have u read the single unwed mum's letter telling how hdb let her down and about giving herself 5 years to migrate cos she's not proud as a citizen here? it was reproduced here but originally appeared on sdp's website.

there was a large article in Today newspaper about "jane" but i'm 99% sure it's on the same lady.

altho my situation is totally different (i'm a 25-yo guy ready for neither marriage nor kids :p), my conclusion remains the same - it sucks to be s'porean!

soci said...

yes and there were a lot of trolls here to. I stopped anonymous posting for a week.

Anonymous said...

There are few comments here because you don't engage differing viewpoints in intelligent discussion, preferring to call all those who disagree with you "trolls", which isn't very democratic at all. You preach but you do not practice.


Anonymouse

soci said...

attacking someone, as opposed to attacking their opinion or view gets you labelled as a "troll". Differing viewpoints are placed in the comments section, by readers, and are not removed.

So anonymous what is your intelligent take on this discussion? Or shall we view you as a troll? You have said ZERO about the topic.

Having anonymous comments appears to attract trolls. I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

I've left many comments aimed at certain issues, not about your figure (as someone else has done here). (Apparently you are allowed to call us a bloody country, and yet you take umbrage at insults) As long as you treat dissenting voices like that there won't be much discussion. At least Singaporean ministers attempt to defend themselves in live debates with students, you should take a leaf out of their books. Here's a url pertaining to your stand on legalizing drugs. If it works out for Canada let's talk again.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,150076,00.html

soci said...

I am unable to respond to every single comment. Sometimes commentators respond to each other.

The name Singabloodypore has been discussed many times. If you are insulted by it then you are in the minority. Most visitors are not insulted.

Dissenting voices are able to post any view they like. Try getting a letter which is unkind towards the PAP printed in the Straits Jacket. Notice your comments have not been deleted.

Singaporean MPs have very rarely been put on the back foot in a meeting with students. So much so that when ONE student (jamie) asks a proper question it makes Headline news.

This comment is appearing in a post about Blogs defending free expression to be honoured. I am unable to set the agenda of each and every post to the desire of one commentator.

I wish the Canadians well in their brave experiment.

And I find it funny that you argue that views like yours are 'dissenting', in 'Singapore'. Are you a comedian?

Anonymous said...

My point is that you pay lip service to the ideals you try to promote. My views are in dissent with yours', and you show little tolerance or grace with dealing with people who disagree with you. Are you saying that only views which support your ideas are deserving of recognition? Then you are merely in keeping with the letter and not the spirit of what you appear to promote.

My point about "Singabloodypore" is that if you think it's not offensive, then why should "Fat twat" be offensive and be deleted? (Not that I started that thing)And you seem to take the view that the majority view is the right view, which is once again, contradictory with some of your digs at Singapore. The majority of Singaporeans ( as are the majority of Americans, Europeans, etc) would prefer it if homosexuality was swept under the rug, does that mean that all debate about it should cease and the close-minded people should win? The majority of people are not vegetarian, and don't disapprove of wearing fur, does that mean that all animal rights groups should shut down, since the majority view is THE view??

Anonymouse

Anonymous said...

And it tickles me that you would say that you don't have the time to reply to dissenting arguments, but criticise Singaporean MPs for doing so. Do you think your time is more precious than a minister's?

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