Sunday, October 09, 2005

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents
Blogging has certainly extended the boundaries of freedom of expression, and is rapidly changing the way that we perceive "News" - but that has meant that bloggers can encounter problems from those with a vested interest in keeping freedom of expression tightly prescribed (and sometimes even proscribed). Reporters Without Borders have therefore produced a useful Handbook for Bloggers which is available as a free pdf download from their website.
This is an extract from their introduction:
"Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest.
Reporters Without Borders has produced this handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles."
To read or download the Handbook go to: