Usha
Reporters without borders is an organisation dedicated to the defence of press freedom. It condemns any infringement and restrictions imposed of freedom of press worldwide as well as protects journalists from attacks, threat and persecution for doing their work.
You can read more about them and their activities here
One of my blogger friends had requested me to publish information regarding an international cyber demo that RSF has called for. If you'd like to participate and support the cause of freedom of expression through freedom of Internet here are the details. I quote the following from the mail received:

"Reporters Without Borders is fighting to reduce the use of censorship and to oppose laws designed to restrict press freedom. 13countries have been singled out by Reporters Without Borders fora 24-hour online protest against Internet censorship.
Where: www.rsf.org
When : 11 A.M. on 7 November to 11 A.M. on 8 November
The defence of online free expression and the fate of bloggers in repressive countries concern everyone. SoReporters Without Borders is offering Internet users tools to campaign against Internet predators and is calling on them to participate in an INTERNATIONAL CYBER-DEMO.
Everyone is invited to support this struggle by connecting to the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org) between 11 a.m. (Paris time) on Tuesday,7 November, and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 November.Each click will help to change the "Internet Black
Holes" map and help to combat censorship. As many people as possible must participate so that this operation Can be a success and have an impact on those governments that try to seal off what is meant to be a space where people can express themselves freely.
Protests will also be staged by Reporters Without Borders bureaux around the world to condemn Internet censorship and ethical misconduct of the Internet giants when operating in one of these countries."

Please spread the word around and participate in the protest if you believe in the fundamental right of all humans to express freely what they think.
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  1. Anonymous Says:

    Mind it, this can be used against us also sometimes, for instance Kashmir issue, so it is like getting trapped in the net.
    Better to have some censorship atleast within national boundries, and atleast I think India doesn't have a big problem of press censorship, yeah one instance which N. R. Narayana Murthy had also highlighted was censhorhip of news on private radio media, which reaches even the poorest and the illetrate also, but note that this rsf or whatever for that sake is not going to tender it away, then why such melo-drama about it.

    Hope it gives some food for thought to pther readers too.


  2. sakhi Says:

    I strongly believe in the freedom of expression and also agree with the fact that the freedom given to the Indian media or the liberty that our media enjoys today is no where in the world.I will definetly vote on such issue as i understand what critical role meida plays at times as i had been a reporter myself.

    But as a part of that i also realised how sad certain channels behave to get the news.For example some reporters flood the person waiting for death with mikes n keep on throwing questions.First of all the patient is so badly attacked or had escaped some kind of casuality etc.So some responsibility should be held on the shoulders of the journalists to make the frame-picture perfect.


  3. pram Says:

    Thank you so much, Usha, for spreading the word.

    Re. what anon said, I think no issue is so sacrosanct or taboo that it cannot be discussed. That's what police states do - make some topics, people, dicussions closed/inaccessible to everyone else's input. If the net makes for open discussions about Kashmir, so be it.