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  • sami ben gharbia 9:23 pm on February 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    الفصل 20 من مشروع دستور النهضة يقتل حرية التعبير 

     
    • ben kram inchirah 9:43 pm on February 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      اريد ان اعرف كيف احترام المقدسات هو قتل لحرية التعبير؟

    • ayman 9:55 am on February 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      من إلتزامات مراعات مقدسات شعوب الاخرى يلزم مفماش بقرة في فيلم خاطرنا نمس من ديانة شعب الهندوراس يولى تكركيرة هل مجلس ….

  • sami ben gharbia 2:48 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Chronology of Major events surrounding censorship, hacking, DDOS and online Free Speech 

    Given the increasing importance of events surrounding Internet repression, especially after the Iran protest and the Google Vs China debacle, I was trying to collect this data over a period of time then display it on a timeline with useful links and videos (where available).

    Like the Threatened Voices Timeline and Map, the purpose of this small project is obviously to identify trends in digital repression over time and highlight other issues often overlooked by mainstream media.

    The collected data used in this Dipity timeline is based on this Google Spreadsheet which I made available for any use desired.
    Anyone can view and edit it without signing in. This information can be exported as an .xls file or other file types, and can be used to create timeline, maps and any other kind of data visualization. It also serves as a collaborative tool for tracking these kind of major events.

    So please, help us collect this important information and keep this timeline updated. Just go to this Google Spreadsheet and add the missing events.

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    click to go to dipity; wordpress.com doesn’t allow iframe here!!!
     
    • Zorrino Hermanos 5:35 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great work !! Great idea !! Great tool choice !!
      I’ll start to add events as soon as I have the time to do it right.

  • sami ben gharbia 12:51 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google has disabled the ability for Nawaat to upload new videos 

    Update – February 17, 2010: Youtube has restored the rejected video and nawaat’s account. Thank you Google for the understanding and thank you all for the support.

    Today we got a message from Youtube informing us that the ability to post new videos on Youtube has been temporarily disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines because of a video deemed “inappropriate.” We are pretty sure that some Tunisian pro-government users have flagged it as inappropriate, even we cannot prove it. This is the message we received:

    The following video(s) from your account have been disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines:

    Tunise : enfants des zones défavorisées (Nawaat)

    While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers theoretically might do in response, we draw the line at content that’s intended to incite violence or encourage dangerous, illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. It’s not okay to post videos showing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb making. Any depictions like these should be educational or documentary and shouldn’t be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them.

    This is the second Community Guidelines warning sanction your account has received within six months. Accordingly, the ability to post new content to YouTube from this account has been disabled and will not return until two weeks after you acknowledge this message. Please review the YouTube Community Guidelines and refrain from further violations, which may result in the termination of your account(s).


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    The video in question (also available on our Posterous page), titled Tunise : enfants des zones défavorisées (Tunisia: Children from disadvantaged areas), shows a groupd of 6 – 7 year old Tunisian kids inhaling glue and talking about why and from where they’re getting the substance. Sniffing glue, which is considered gateway drug, is a very dangerous practice among Tunisian teens and kids from disadvantaged areas and we don’t understand why the video has been found to violate Youtube Terms of Use! Though one can legitimately ask if the video of Neda Agha-Soltan’s death on June 20, 2009 on Youtube was not inappropriate or graphic? Does it not violate Youtube Terms of Use or is it ‘Too Distressing to Ignore‘ as Mashabe described it?

    By rejecting our video, which caused the temporary suspension of our account on its platform, Google is banning what is considered to be the first citizen video that tries to document this practice and share it among our fellow citizens and with the world. By publishing it on Youtube and other video-sharing websites, Nawaat is not encouraging drug abuse nor helping others to imitate those poor kids. This is not nawaat’s mission. Nawaat has been launched to help Tunisians and their friends get access to all kind of barred information. We are providing a platform to anyone who wants to express his or her idea freely without censorship or fear. While we are and intend to remain independent of any political party or NGO, we opened our platform as a space to support democracy and protest human rights abuses in our country. One of our goals is to build an anti-propaganda machine against the very sophisticated and quite crafty official Tunisian propaganda. And precisely that rejected video was meant to counter Tunisia’s official discourse on Child protection and health.

    It’s worth mentioning here that this is not the first time that Youtube administrators shut down human rights activists accounts because of inappropriate content. In late 2007, our Egyptian friend, blogger and journalist, Wael Abbas, who documents human rights abuses by Egyptian police, temporarily had his Youtube account suspended after publishing the infamous video of an Egyptian bus driver being sodomized with a stick by the Egyptian police officers. Let us also recall that it was thanks to that same video published on Youtube that justice was served and that the two Egyptian torturers were sentenced to three years in jail for sodomizing and torturing the driver.

    The irony is that during the Breaking Borders event that was organized by Google in november last year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall, I answered a question, on how to support online free speech, asked by Rachel Whetstone Vice President, Public Policy and Communications at Google, by saying that Google should not suspend human rights activists accounts like what happened with the aforementioned case of my friend Wael Abbas (I also highlighted the importance of adding https to blogspot blogging platform, a step which I still believe is crucial to help protect the identity of anonymous bloggers under repressive regimes – The video of the panel discussion during the Breaking Borders event is availbale on Google Freedom of Expression@Google YouTube-Channel).

    Now that our ability to publish new content on Youtube has been disabled, temporarily, for two weeks, and threatened to be terminated in case we publish another “inappropriate” video (and we certainly will), what are the lessons that we should learn from this incident:

    • activist should consider hosting their video materials on Witness’ The HUB, which I believe is a very good alternative to Youtube, as it is a global platform totally dedicated to human rights media.
    • activists should host their own content, if they can afford it (we cannot), or publish it on multiple platforms, not only as a long-term backup strategy but as a viral strategy as well. The sword of a sudden suspension of their account can fall at any time, especially if you are not an activist from Iran or China, countries that score high on the Index of what I call the “business of online free speech and digital activism”. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, Libya, etc., are forgotten cases; Unfortunately, we do not attract enough media attention and we won’t, we are not sexy enough, not only for the average online freedom of expression “advocates”, but for the most dedicated ones as well, those self-proclaimed “Meta-activists” and social media gurus! The few good exceptions that are doing their best to raise awareness and support our causes are our only allies who have been at our side in all tragic events. All the rest are a lost case, you cannot rely on them during difficult situations, especially the NGO’s world. Digital activism, Twitter Revolution, Internet equal democracy bullshit, all that hype is only an unprecedented opportunity for raising money, promoting own agenda (political, ideological), building over inflated egos- you name it.
    • We, grassroots, self-funded and independent activists and administrators of 100% independent social media and activism projects, urgently need to unpack the unstated motives in NGOs, companies and governments Internet freedom policies, if I may borrow the expression from my friend Ethan Zuckerman in his excellent and eye-opening article. We need to understand, demystify and navigate very carefully this field that starts to be hijacked by some Super-powers, global web 2.0 giants, funders and NGO’s that are using it for their own political, economic and geo-strategic agendas. Internet freedom is a very beautiful and attractive slogan that can hide its worst enemies. And to all our westerns friends who are willing to help us sincerely, please focus on the western companies that are making money by selling censor-wares to our authoritarian regimes. Don’t look only at Nokia/Siemens role in Iran and overlook Secure Computing, Websense, Mcafee and Sisco System roles in Tunisia, Syria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE…

    I’m very sorry if my conclusions sound harsh, but how else can one describe this bitterness. The team of Nawaat has been fighting very hard to keep its site and all its online initiatives and projects alive. We have been struggling against censorship, daily hacking and DDos attacks for the last 6 years, since it was blocked few weeks after its launch in 2004. Not only our collective blog and all its mirror websites are blocked, but also all the personal blogs of its administrators are banned and hacked– for more than seven years. Nawaat’s twitter account was the first twitter page to be blocked in Tunisia and so its Posterous numerous pages, its facebook page, Cybversion.org, nawaat’s project that monitors online censorship in Tunsia, Yezzi, the online protest against Ben Ali, blocked then hacked at the 20th occasion of Ben Ali’s rule. Even Youtube and Dailymotion were blocked in Tunisia because of the videos published their by our team.

    And while we are not complaining about all the censorship and attacks targeting us, as we are totally aware that these are the consequences of the fight we are waging against the Tunisian regime to win back our freedom of expression, we really don’t want and don’t expect to see this battle front extended to Google services.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 2:32 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Zouheir Makhlouf sentenced to 3 months prison term 

    Today, December 1st, 2009, online reporter Zouheir Makhlouf has been sentenced to 3 months prison term and ordered to pay a fine of 6000 dinars.

    On October 20th, 2009, Zouhaïer Makhlouf, a Tunisia Human rights activist and correspondent of Assabil Online website has been arrested for publishing a video report online about the environmental pollution in Nabeul (Dar Chaabane El Fehri), a coastal town in northeastern Tunisia.

    Zouhaïer Makhlouf is one of the most active human rights activist both online and offline. He has published several human rights testimonies (video, audio and textual) which broke the silence on many sensitive issues and human rights abuses faced by tunisian activists and former political prisoners.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 5:35 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Liberté d’expression sur Internet: Ouvrir les frontières 

    Le 03 Novembre 2009, j’ai eu l’honneur de participer à la conférence Breaking Borders («Ouvrir les frontières»), consacrée à la liberté d’expression sur internet, organisée par Google pour commémorer le 20ème anniversaire de la chute du mur de Berli.

    Parmi les participants il y avait: Thorbjørn Jagland (Secrétaire général du Conseil de l’Europe), Dean Wright (Global Editor, éthique, innovation et normes Nouvelles, Reuters), Rachel Whetstone (Vice-présidente Gestion des produits chez Google, Communications internationales et affaires publiques), Jean-François Julliard (Secrétaire général de Reporters Sans Frontière), Annette Kroeber-Riel (Google- Conseiller en Politique Européenne pour l’Allemagne, l’Autriche et la Suisse), Andrew Puddephat (Directeur, Global Partners and Associates et directeur général de l’organisation internationale ARTICLE 19 basée à Londres) et Rita Süssmuth (Ancienne présidente du Deutsche Bundestag -Parlement allemand)

    À cette occasion, Google a lancé une chaîne YouTube dédiée à la liberté d’expression : GoogleFreeExpression’s Channel.

    Vous trouverez ci-dessous un enregistrement vidéo de la discussion ainsi qu’une interview que j’ai donné à la chaîne GoogleFreeExpression’s Channel sur Youtube.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 11:31 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Introducing Threatened Voices 

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    Never before have so many people been threatened or imprisoned for what the words they write on the internet.

    As activists and ordinary citizens have increasingly made use of the internet to express their opinions and connect with others, many governments have also increased surveillance, filtering, legal actions and harassment. The harshest consequence for many has been the politically motivated arrest of bloggers and online writers for their online and/or offline activities, in some tragic cases even leading to death. Online journalists and bloggers now represent 45% of all media workers in prison worldwide.

    Today, Global Voices Advocacy is launching a new website called Threatened Voices to help track suppression of free speech online. It features a world map and an interactive timeline that help visualize the story of threats and arrests against bloggers worldwide, and it is a central platform to gather information from the most dedicated organisations and activists, including Committee to Protect Bloggers, The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Reporters without Borders, Human Rights Watch, CyberLaw Blog, Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists, Global Voices Advocacy.

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    What blogger, where?

    Finding accurate information about arrested and threatened bloggers and online writers is difficult for several reasons.

    First, the secrecy surrounding online censorship and repression makes it extra difficult to be accurate. Not a single week passes without stories of arrests of yet another online journalist or activist in countries like Egypt or Iran, but the details and reasons are often shrouded in mystery.

    Second, there is still some confusion about the definition of a “blogger”. Professional journalists are increasingly migrating to online media and blogs in pursuit of more freedom, blurring the old lines of definition. And many so-called cyber-dissidents in China, Tunisia, Vietnam, or Iran, do not have personal blogs. Other times, bloggers are arrested for their offline activity, rather than for what they have published online.

    This confusion has sometimes made it hard for online free speech advocates to come up with a good strategies and partnerships to defend bloggers and online activists, but it has never been more important to try.

    Let’s work together

    At Global Voices we engage a community of authors, editors, and translators, who help keep us all informed of free speech and human rights abuses. With Threatened Voices we aim to open the process of reporting up even further to any person who has information.

    We’re calling on those whose friends, relatives, colleagues, or compatriots, have been threatened to help create and update the profiles of those missing or under arrest, so we can seek additional sources, verify, and link to online campaigns dedicated to freeing them.

    In the process, we are hoping to learn more about when, where, and to what extent bloggers are being subjected to abuse in different countries, so we can share that information widely with journalists, researchers, and activists, and work towards creating an internet where everyone can exercise their right to speak freely, and where bloggers in prison are not forgotten.

    Help spread the word. Tweet, blog and update your facebook status about Threatened Voices!

     
  • sami ben gharbia 11:39 am on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tunisia: Prominent Activist Arrested For Environmental Video Report Published Online 

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    On October 20th, 2009, Zouhaïer Makhlouf, a Tunisia Human rights activist and correspondent of Assabil Online website has been arrested for publishing a video report online about the environmental pollution in Nabeul (Dar Chaabane El Fehri), a coastal town in northeastern Tunisia.

    According to reports released by several local human rights organizations, it seems that someone called Mourad Ladhib had brought a case against Mr Makhlouf accusing him of filming without permission.

    Mr Makhlouf in turn, has denied the charges against him and refused to sign the police report arguing hat the subject of his online video report was part of the activities of the Democratic Progressive Party – a legal party of which he is an active member- to ivestigate social, economic and environmental issues in the area of Nabeul, adding that he didn’t film any sensitive areas prohibited by the law and accusing the investigator of politicizing the case.

    Mr Makhlouf has since been transferred to Mornaguia Prison in the suburbs of Tunis where he began a hunger strike on October 21st to protest against his illegal detention. Mr Makhlouf will be tried on November 3rd, 2009, on defamation charges and could be sentenced to up to one year in prison, under the Tunisian Telecommunications Code.

    On October 26th, Tunisian Security services and plainclothes police surrounded the office of the Democratic Progressive Party in a bid to block a rally in support of the detained activist. Furthermore, and on the same day, State Security also surrounded the house of Mr Makhlouf preventing his friends from contacting Mr Makhlouf’s wife to persuade her to stop a hunger strike that she began on October 22nd in support for her husband.

    Despite the continuous threats and harassments that he is subjected to, Zouhaïer Makhlouf is one of the most active human rights activist both online and offline. He has published several human rights testimonies (video, audio and textual) which broke the silence on many sensitive issues and human rights abuses faced by tunisian activists and former political prisoners.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 4:17 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello world! I'm Hacked! Again and Again! 

    My blog has been hacked today by some “phantoms” (see screenshot).
    The hackers deleted my blog, its database and the Tunisian Prison Map. This is not the first time that  my blog, along with other Tunisian independent websites where I’m active, have been targeted and sometimes defaced completely, like what happened to yezzi.org (see my post “North Africa: are political websites more likely to get hacked” on Global Voices Advocacy. But we are always back, sharper and wiser, to exercise our right to free expression.
    You can access by blog mirror/backup on https://ifikra.wordpress.com
    I’ll import the backup of my blog in the coming days; too busy, traveling and more 😉
    Best
    sami ben gharbia

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    My blog has been hacked today by some “phantoms” (see screenshot).

    The hackers deleted my blog, its database and the Tunisian Prison Map. This is not the first time that  my blog, along with other Tunisian independent websites where I’m active, have been targeted and sometimes defaced completely, like what happened to yezzi.org (see my post “North Africa: are political websites more likely to get hacked” on Global Voices Advocacy. But we are always back, sharper and wiser, to exercise our right to free expression.

    You can access by blog mirror/backup on https://ifikra.wordpress.com

    I’ll import the backup of my blog in the coming days; too busy, traveling and more 😉

    Best

    sami ben gharbia

     
    • oso 2:28 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear. Glad that you’re back up. I’m certainly not suprised that you’re a frequent target. 🙂

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 1:20 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi David, thanks man. Well, that’s the nature of this cat and mouse game that we are playing.

  • sami ben gharbia 12:41 pm on July 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tunisia: Facebook user jailed for spreading rumors liable to disrupt public order 

    Written for Global Voices

    FacebookKhedija_Arfaoui.jpgOn Saturday, July 4, 2009, The 8th Criminal Chamber of the Court of First Instance in Tunis has condemned a retired professor, Dr Khedija Arfaoui, to eight months in prison for spreading rumors, on the social networking website Facebook, liable to disrupt public order.

    Dr Khedija Arfaoui, a feminist retired professor at the Manouba University in Tunis, was accused of spreading a message on Facebook about the rumor of 5 children being abducted from school in Tunisia. Recent rumors that children have been abducted and trafficked in Tunisia have been circulating for some months and have reached epidemic proportions with many parents concerned that their kids will be kidnapped, despite an official denial by Tunisia’s Minister of Interior during a press conference.

    The rumor has managed to spread throughout the country, especially on the Internet. On Facebook, a popular social networking website in Tunisia with an estimate of 623,000 users, videos and alerts of child abductions have been posted and shared with friends.

    Dr. Khedija Arfaoui is a Tunisian women’s rights activists and member of the Feminist Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development and founder of the Association of Development and Protection of the Environment (ADPE)

    Some observers, such as blogger Mokhtar Yahyaoui, a former judge who was deprived of office because of his open letter to the Tunisian President condemning the lack of independence of the Tunisian judiciary, believe that the government needs to find a scapegoat for the rumor.

    Juriste Tunisie, a legal information blog edited by a team of Tunisian jurists who seek to promote communication and dissemination of information about the law of Tunisia, has followed the case in all its legal aspects, with emphasis on how Tunisian laws about defusing rumors over the Internet are vague.

    In an almost similar case, on March 15, 2005, Ramzi Bettibi was arrested and then sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for copying, onto a forum board he moderated, an online statement from a group threatening terror attacks if former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attended the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia.

     
    • parishiromi 12:23 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Bonsoir. Je viens de vous envoyer un message sur le Twitter pour la chaîne nationale japonaise, NHK.
      La chaîne NHK souhaiterait vous interviewer sur le rôle des réseaux sociaux par rapport à la révolution qui a eu lieu en Tunisie. Pensez-vous que nous pourrons vous rencontrer ? Merci de me répondre à mon adresse mail. Bien cordialement / Hiromi Kimura

  • sami ben gharbia 4:50 pm on May 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tunisia: First Woman to Get Six Years Prison For Her Online Activities 

    Written for Global Voices

    On Thursday 14 May 2009, the 5th Criminal Chamber of the Court of First Instance in Tunis convicted the 22-year old ICT Student, Mariam Zouaghi, who was in custody, on separate terrorist-related charges, and sentenced her to six years in prison.

    Mariam Zouaghi is the first Tunisian woman to be convicted under The Anti-Terrorism Act of 10 December 2003.

    Mariam has been arrested on July 26th, 2008, for visiting banned websites, publishing online articles on alleged extremist forum boards and collecting money to support Gaza.

    In a phone call with Global Voices Advocacy, defense lawyer, Samir Ben Amor, says Mariam maintained her innocence and denied accusations that she belonged to any terror groups. She also stressed that her case was related to her online activities and her support to the people of Gaza.

     
    • lamisa 1:56 pm on June 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi bro!

      ‘im looking for good tunisians blogs, with free talking, thinking,…

      please recommand me someones

      sorry for my bad english

      sami

    • mouniya barbouch 8:56 am on July 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well Sami, I think Ezzine bou5chAm he’s a good bloger 4 U

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