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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bahrain Ranked Third - Top Five Most Dangerous Places to Blog

Spirit of America has established their list of Top Five most dangerous countries to blog for their information campaign, and Bahrain is listed as one of the countries within the region of Peninsular Arabia alongside Saudi Arabia and Syria. The order of the countries included in The Top Five targets by the Spirit of America are Iran (Level 1), China (Level 2), Peninsular Arabia - Saudi Arabia, Syria & Bahrain (Level 3), Malaysia (Level 4) and Zimbabwe (Level 5).

The CPB (Committee to Protect Bloggers), reports that the Spirit of America are seeking to put together a group of bloggers from the countries in question to help advise on what kind of information is needed and how best to communicate it. If you or someone you know qualifies, then please drop (Curt Hopkins - CPB/Spirit of America) them a note.



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How can Bahrain be compared to Syria or Saudi Arabia or any of the other countries on the list? Weird.

Is it possible to name one person who has faced any problems over something they have posted on a blog?

An arbitrary list drawn up off the top of someone's head.

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This is rabish...
Even Israel has jailed some blogger last month for political reasons. Why does not that make Israel one of the Top Five most dangerous?

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Why isn't Iraq on the list either? An American blogger was murdered there two weeks ago.

Could the absence of Israel and Iraq on the list be to do with the fact that the Committee to Protect Bloggers Curt Hopkins is a strong supporter of US foreign policy?

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This is all being done for a practical reason: which countries could benefit from a comprehensive set of safer/anonymous blogging instructions? Iraq has no stable central government (yet), Israel questioned, but did not arrest, two people. Bahrain has one of the most energetic internet filtering regimes in the world. Did you not know this? http://www.opennetinitiative.net/studies/bahrain/ I presume with your comment that it's arbitrary, off the top of someone's head and not Israel that you think it's a result of my prejudice of some kind? Hardly. Please visit the site in question. We welcome all comments (as long as you can spare us ad hominem and racially-based attacks).

Posted by Anonymous Curt #  

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I love the presumption behind the statement that those on this blog have to be told to spare us 'racially based attacks'.

You're obviously not familiar with blogging in Israel if you can say that no one's been arrested, which is worrying considering you're the Director of the Committee to Protect Bloggers. I'd recommend you visit the Jerusalem Post article of 1 August which clearly states that the Vitaly Vovnoboy was arrested and detained for four days for 'sedition' over the website he managed. It's easy to find as there's a link to it on the CPB's site - which was in fact posted by you so you shouldn't have too much difficulty.

As the Director you need to have a read through the JP article again to familiarise yourself with the situation. Although for some reason while the JP refers to him being 'arrested', the CPB only refers to him being 'detained'. Why?

Also, for some reason neither has the CPB adopted Vitaly Vovnoboy as a blogger under threat. Unlucky Vitaly.

Which leads me to a question that has puzzled me since I first visited the CPB's site - why did you used to have a link to Debka, the website on Middle Eastern politics that boasts that it is set up by former Israeli intelligence officers?

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The funny this is that 'committee to protect bloggers' blog reported the arrest of the Israelis here: http://committeetoprotectbloggers.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2005/8/14/1136609.html

Curt, your ignorance is not our problem, nor the arrest of Israeli bloggers are. Our problem is that ignorant people writes and decide on behalf of Bahrain bloggers that Bahrain is 'dangerous'. For god sake, who wrote all the reports you are referring to? whom did they meet? where did they come with all that info from? I'm one of Bahrain bloggers and nearly know 90% of Bahrain based bloggers and meet them in person every now and then. Never heard from anyone that he is in danger because he blogs.

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Null, the old version of CPB used to link to DebkaFile (debka.com) and Aish (aish.com), a two well know Pro-Zionist, Pro-Israel, Anti-Arab sites. It seems that CPB changed that sometime back after I last visited them. Sabbah once talked about this here: http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2005/03/06/who-is-protecting-bloggers-jewish/

Posted by Anonymous somone #  

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wierd bahrain is there. He has no idea what he is talking about.

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