CPJ's ranking is helpful in that it makes the world pay
attention to countries that censor the Internet. I do not know much about other
countries, but I know about
Why write a blog? My
reasons might not be convincing, but to me, they are enough. The most important
paper in my country is Granma, the official
organ of the Communist Party in
The specter of government opposition to blogging,
journalism, and free expression in general in
Even though Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov announced two years ago the necessity of universal Internet access, the Web is more than restricted in the country. This is connected to cruel official censorship, the serious limitation of the availability and speed of Internet connections in cities, and its total absence in villages. I haven't even mentioned the high price of going online, the strict state monitoring of the few public Internet cafes in the cities, and the widespread practice of opening and inspecting instant messages and e-mails.
CPJ names the worst online oppressors. Booming online cultures in many Asian and Middle Eastern nations
have led to aggressive government repression.