Two blogs from or on China have been nominated for the Reporters Sans Frontières in a field of eight (which is not really something to celebrate). The first is my daily favourite, and in my opinion one of the very best sources on news from and about China, the incomparable China Digital Times 中国数字时代. The second, Wang Yi’s Microphone, I haven’t read, but along with the other nominations is going to become a favourite very quickly if the high standard of China Digital Times is anything to go by. The nominations then:
China Digital Times (http://chinadigitaltimes.net) A news blog about China that is published outside of the country. A very rich source for those who want to follow Chinese current affairs.
Chronique déplaisante d’une dictature ordinaire (http://www.addisferengi.net) A French resident in Addis Ababa criticises repression in Ethiopia. The blog includes lots of interviews with Ethiopian dissidents.
Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket (www.manalaa.net) An Egyptian blog promoting free expression and human rights. A forum for discussion, but also a resource centre for Arabic-speaking Internet users who would like to set up their own blog.
Wang Yi’s microphone (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com) A Chinese intellectual who uses his blog as a microphone to denounce the repressive system that rules his country.
Hanif Mazrooie (http://hanif.ir) An independent Iranian journalist’s blog which led to its author spending a month in prison in September 2004.
Parastood (www.parastood.com) One of the oldest Iranian blogs, famous for its open criticism.
Colombian realities (http://lacoctelera.com/realidades) A Colombian journalist who writes critically about a range of issues including his country’s pervasive violence and corruption.
– Yahyaoui (http://yahyaoui.blogspot.com) The blog of former judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, one of Tunisia’s leading political dissidents and the uncle of cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui. His blog was recently pirated and rendered unavailable. But it can still be accessed by using Google’s “cached” function (enter yahyaoui + blogspot in Google and then choose the “cached” option).