Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Amnesty's Campaign

The web grown into an important tool for sharing ideas and knowledge. Yet it is increasingly becoming a site for control. As Amnesty states in their new campaign:

Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.

The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world – are cracking down on freedom of expression.

Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer, is launching the campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.

The three part campaign calls for participants to:

1. sign a pledge calling on governments and IT companies to keep the Internet politically free
2. publish censored content from the Amnesty database on their own blogs and websites with a specially designed button signifying solidarity in the effort
3. Write to the Chinese authorities and Yahoo to urge the release of journalist Shi Tao, serving 10 years in prison for sending an email to a pro-democracy website.

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