Blogging from a fancy office in Soho, it is easy to forget how dangerous it can be for bloggers around the world to do their work. But just last month, a HuffPost blogger in Cuba, Yoani Sanchez, was refused permission to travel to the US where she was to be awarded a prize by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. In other cases, bloggers face harassment and even imprisonment for calling attention to government corruption and abuses.
Earlier this year, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that Burma is the worst place in the world to be a blogger. The article went on to say:
"Bloggers are at the vanguard of the information revolution and their numbers are expanding rapidly," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "But governments are quickly learning how to turn technology against bloggers by censoring and filtering the Internet, restricting online access and mining personal data. When all else fails, the authorities simply jail a few bloggers to intimidate the rest of the online community into silence or self-censorship."
Now, Global Voices, a global community of bloggers, has launched a project to try and keep track of the the censorship and harassment bloggers can be subjected to. Titled Threatened Voices, the project shows on a map the disturbingly high numbers of bloggers arrested or imprisoned in different countries.
Check it out and if you know of anything not included, please contribute.