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Protecting yourself from denial-of-service attacks

December 21, 2010 3:31 PM ET

It's my second link to a report by Hal Roberts (and others at the Berkman Center) in as many days, but I worry that this this detailed document on denial-of-service (DOS) and hacking attacks on independent media and human rights groups might get missed in the holiday season. The...

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Fighting bogus piracy raids, Microsoft issues new licenses

December 7, 2010 3:10 PM ET

CPJ has documented for several years the use of spurious anti-piracy raids to shut down and intimidate media organizations in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Offices have been shut down, and computers seized. Often, security agents make bogus claims to be representing or acting on behalf of the...

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CPJ Press Freedom Awardee: 'I always wanted answers'

November 18, 2010 5:55 PM ET

The last few weeks have been extremely busy for everyone at CPJ as we've been preparing for the 2010 International Press Freedom Awards. Today's press conference in Washington will be followed by a series of events culminating in our awards ceremony Tuesday in New York. As always, the awardees...

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Help journalists in need: An appeal

November 9, 2010 10:55 AM ET

Mikhail Beketov is lucky to be alive, although I'm sure there are days when he doesn't think so. On November 13, 2008, the environmental reporter who campaigned against a highway that would have destroyed a forest in Khimki, a town outside Moscow, was beaten nearly to death by men...

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Internet blotter

October 22, 2010 4:18 PM ET

Computers belonging to South Korean government officials have been infiltrated by targeted malware in email. Chinese hackers are suspected. Contrary to what this article says, I'm betting that the attachments were PDFs, which are currently the document of choice when attempting to infect journalists' machines. Another intriguing academic paper,...

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Use your Blackberry to map global surveillance

October 21, 2010 5:27 PM ET

The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab has announced a research project to analyze the global infrastructure of Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry. It's looking for BlackBerry users from any country to take part--especially those in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Russia and China. All of...

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Mission Journal: A visit to Russia's Supreme Court

October 19, 2010 12:33 PM ET

At the end of our recent mission to Moscow, our delegation squeezed in one final official meeting. Vyacheslav M. Lebedev, the chief justice of Russia's Supreme Court, had sent word only the night before that he would receive us. The meeting had been brokered by Aleksei Venediktov, the legendary...

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Russian journalists detail FSB and 'New Nobility'

October 8, 2010 9:22 AM ET

How do you crack Russia's vaunted security service? You go to low- and mid-level officials for information, say Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of the new book, The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. At a luncheon for...

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Mission Journal: Visiting Mikhail Beketov

October 4, 2010 4:06 PM ET

In Moscow, progress is often followed by heartbreak. So it was on the day after our meeting with Russia's top investigator, when we hit the wall of Russia's dysfunctional criminal justice system....

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Russian police selectively target media's 'pirated' software

September 20, 2010 4:36 PM ET

Western companies that venture into Russia ought to remember this police rule: "Everything you say can and will be used against you." In this particular case--any attempt to bring civilized rules to the Russian market game could, instead, turn into a colossal blow to your image. ...

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Microsoft moves to fight anti-piracy raids in Russia

September 17, 2010 5:16 PM ET

On September 11, The New York Times reported on the use of aggressive anti-piracy raids by Russian authorities to intimidate advocacy groups and independent media outlets. The article noted that these raids are usually prompted by false reports of pirated Microsoft software, sometimes from individuals claiming to represent Microsoft. This...

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The Economist: The Invisible Regional Censorship of Russia

August 28, 2010 5:10 AM ET

Russian federal law doesn't include Internet censorship provisions, but there's been a recent rash of cases of court-ordered blocking in individual Russian regions. Even though these are usually narrow blocks of particular sites and are quickly unblocked after media exposure, they can still cover a great deal of ground....

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Trial upcoming for two suspects in Moscow double murder

August 25, 2010 5:14 PM ET

In an encouraging ruling last week, the Basmanny District Court in Moscow ordered that two suspects in the January 2009 double murder of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anastasiya Baburova and human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov be kept in custody pending trial....

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Global Media Forum cites risks of environmental reporting

July 1, 2010 10:33 AM ET

He's young, unemployed and carries himself with the innocence of a man who hasn't spent much time outside his own village. But Egyptian blogger Tamer Mabrouk is the real deal. Appearing at an international media conference in Bonn, Mabrouk's description of chemical dumping into a brackish lagoon on the northern...

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As dissidents move online, governments fight back

June 18, 2010 2:03 PM ET

Social media and cyber dissidents have exerted a increasing influence on global politics over the last few years—Twitter, for instance, was widely utilized by protesters and journalists during Iran’s 2009 post-election Green Movement, and China has been locked in conflict with Google over allegations of censorship and hacking. “Ideas in Action” with Jim...

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CPJ testimony: Threats to free media in the OSCE region

June 9, 2010 11:00 AM ET

Kazakhstan, the current chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, has failed to live up to its press freedom commitments, CPJ’s Muzaffar Suleymanov told the Congressional Helsinki Commission in Washington today....

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Jon Lee Anderson on courage and journalism

May 12, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Last week, I attended an unusual event called the Courage Forum at which half a dozen speakers, from tightrope artist Philippe Petit and Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal to Virgin founder and chairman Richard Branson, talked about about overcoming fear....

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At Lantos commission, CPJ details Russian press climate

May 6, 2010 1:01 PM ET

A bill pending in the Russian parliament would give state security alarming new censorship powers, CPJ’s Nina Ognianova told the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in testimony in Washington today. During a hearing on human rights issues in Russia, Ognianova also voiced concern about continued impunity in journalist murders. ...

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Impunity Summit: Solidarity in fighting journalist murders

April 21, 2010 1:16 PM ET

Every day at CPJ, we count numbers: 18 journalists killed in Russia since 2000, 32 journalists and media workers slaughtered in the Maguindanao massacre, 88 journalists murdered over the last 10 years in Iraq. But on Tuesday night at CPJ’s Impunity Summit at Columbia University, CPJ Executive Director Joel...

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