Threatened Voices: Tracking suppression of online free speech
The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced today that they are collaborating with Global Voices’ “Threatened Voices” project “to help shed light on the threats faced by netizens around the world.”
Less than six weeks into the year, EFF has already documented nine cases of bloggers under fire: in Oman and South Korea; Bahrain and China; Thailand; Iran; Vietnam; and Ethiopia. And just this week, two more Iranian bloggers were arrested, a Saudi citizen was forced to flee his country after receiving death threats for content he’d posted on Twitter, and both an Indonesian and a Moroccan were detained for posts made on Facebook. These additional cases mean that so far in 2012, fourteen netizens have been threatened for content posted online…and those are just the ones we know about.
Image: Screenshot from the Threatened Voices project. Users can sort by time and region, and view details about the circumstances surrounding the arrest or threat of listed bloggers.
The site was created with Drupal with a Google Map powered by TimeMap and Google MapIconMaker libraries. Information about individuals is created by the Global Voices community along with a Yahoo Pipes feed that surveys sources such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Wikipedia, Reporters without Borders and more.