September 23, 2005 | By Donna Wentworth

New Guide for Political Blogging and Activism

Reporters Without Borders has published an outstanding how-to guide for bloggers and "cyberdissidents" seeking to make their voices heard in the face of government monitoring, censorship, and worse. Reads the introduction:

Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest. Plenty of bloggers have been hounded or thrown in prison. One of the contributors to this handbook, Arash Sigarchi, was sentenced to 14 years in jail for posting several messages online that criticised the Iranian regime. His story illustrates how some bloggers see what they do as a duty and a necessity, not just a hobby. They feel they are the eyes and ears of thousands of other Internet users.

The guide includes profiles of bloggers from all around the globe and is available in multiple languages. Check it out and pass the word along!

You may also be interested in EFF's resources for bloggers: How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else) and our extensive Legal Guide for Bloggers, which provides a collection of FAQs on the wide range of legal issues bloggers confront.

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