31 Mar '11, 9am

New media access a human right: Amnesty via @cmswire #Wikileaks

MONTREAL - UNFETTERED access to new media, which has been restricted by some states including China and Iran, should be a human right, Amnesty International secretary general Salil Shetty said on Wednesday. 'The time has come to consider access to new media, and their use, a human right,' Mr Shetty told a press conference in Montreal. He underscored the role of new media technologies in ousting the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, while warning of their use to help cement state power by China and Iran, which he said have poured 'considerable resources into pro-government blogs.' Denouncing state censorship, he said dozens of governments have adopted China's model for controlling the Internet, allowing for economic growth but not freedom of expression. He said bloggers in the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Cuba, China, Malaysia and Vietnam had been thrown in jail under...

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