Bloggers on frontline in global rights battle, says Amnesty

The internet is the new frontline in the war for human rights as governments around the world battle to stamp out the voices of opposition online, Amnesty International said. In its annual round-up of global human rights abuses, the London-based watchdog singled out Belarus, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia as countries that tried to keep a lid on their web-users, “monitoring chat rooms, deleting blogs, restricting search engines and blocking websites”. In addition, it said, “people have been imprisoned in China, Egypt, Syria, Uzbekistan and Vietnam for posting and sharing information online”.

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