Sunday, April 29, 2007

Gagging Freedom of Speech: Another Blog Bites the Dust

Blogs shake up the status quo. In many societies that restict freedom of speech, that can be very troubling to government. The government, in turn, decides that blogging is bad. Today I read sad news about a blogger who is shutting down his blog as he believes that the government is on to him. Having read a number of "closing" posts similar to this on various blogs over the past few years, it is with sadness that I found out that the Sandmonkey, an Egyptian blogger, will be no more.

Repressive governments find many ways to silence the free speech of blogs. Intimidation and censorship are common. An inmportant question: how many years can a government silence a populace once they have experienced the heady freedom of speaking openly?

The Sandmonkey's closing post is here.


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