Committee to Protect Bloggers: An Interview

The Blog Watcher

The Committee to Protect Bloggers is an important blog that focuses on bloggers in peril across the world. They broke the story on the Iranian blogger who died in prison some time ago, and they have been doing their very best to keep a watchful eye on the state of the blogosphere in parts of the world where blogging is actually dangerous.

That’s why it was such a shame when Curt Hopkins announced its closure, and such a good thing when Andrew Ford Lyons picked up the reins again. So let’s here what he has to say about Committee to Protect Bloggers and the future. [Read more…]

I Read Banned Blogs Campaign

The ever important Committee to Protect Bloggers are promoting a campaign that borrows from the Banned Books Week. The idea is to show that you’re reading banned blogs, just like some of you might have pins that state that you read banned books to promote freedom of speech. There’s also a design contest in the Flickr group if you want to participate in the campaign.

Committee To Protect Bloggers Closes

This is sad news indeed. Founder Curt Hopkins is closing Committee to Protect Bloggers, as a result of his need to focus on finding new work.

Rather than look either inept, or like we can’t be bothered to fulfill our function, we would rather close down the organization with the hopes, however slim at this time, that we can restart it when things are better for us.

The site will remain online for now. I guess it is moot to hope for someone stepping in with a big wad of cash to keep Committee to Protect Bloggers rolling. It fills a gap and is an important source about the situation for bloggers across the world.

Committee to Protect Bloggers In Trouble

Committee to Protect Bloggers is an important blog about fellow bloggers in distress. You might remember them reporting on the death of Omid Reza Mir Sayafi some time ago, a matter we’ve covered as well. Unfortunately, one of the three founders, Curt Hopkins, is forced to step away due to being unemployed.

As much concern as I have for people I don’t know, far and away my most important commitment is to my wife and our family. From now until after I am re-employed, I cannot spend a single second on anything but my search for employment.

This is bad news, since Committee to Protect Bloggers is an important source for bloggers in distress all over the world. If you think you can help Hopkins in any way, be sure to let him know. It is also a reminder of how vulnerable a lot of the information online is, with no publishing houses or big companies to fall back on when the people behind them get in trouble.

China Bans YouTube

Video browsers in general, and bloggers in particular, should know that China has blocked YouTube. The Reuters report tells us that the ban has been in place over the past 24 hours, and the reason is supposedly unknown. However, Committee to Protect Bloggers posted this:

Xinhua, the Chinese news agency reported that the government blocked access to the site after a fabricated video showing C hinese police brutally beating up Tibetans during the riots last year. The description of the offending video fits one that was posted by the Tibetan government in exile and is a collage of varios clips showing the police putting down the riots brutally.

This is not the first time YouTube is banned in China. Several other countries have bans in effect as well. More on Techmeme.

Iranian Blogger Dies In Prison


Global Voices report the sad news that Iranian blogger Omid Reza Mir Sayafi has died in prison.

Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, who had been sentenced to 30 months prison for insulting Islamic Republic Leaders last month, died in prsion today. Human Rights Activists in Iran site says[fa] the reason for his death has not been announced but he was in very bad psychological condition.

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