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The Web welcomes the reinstatement of judge Chaudhry

Latest update : 2009-03-17

In this edition: the Pakistani blogosphere celebrates the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry; in Algeria web users call for a boycott of the presidential election set for April 9 as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika seeks a third mandate.

END OF THE « LONG MARCH » IN PAKISTAN

After several days of demonstrations, the Pakistani government gave in to public pressure and is going to reinstate the former president of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Chaudhry. A victory for the opposition which is also celebrated on the net.

Many photos showing demonstrators celebrating the news quickly appeared on this site, which allowed Internet users to follow live, progress of this long march instigated by the country’s lawyers.

http://longmarch.seenreport.com/


And on YouTube, this song accompanied with a video clip was posted to honour the thousands of Pakistanis who had mobilized over recent days.

The reinstatement of Iftikhar Chaudhry, as well as all the judges discharged in 2007 by the former president Pervez Musharaf, delights many bloggers. This one hopes that Pakistan is finally going to become a state with legal rights.

http://teeth.com.pk/blog/



ALGERIA: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


The debate rages on the Algerian Web around the candidature of the president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his next term. Some net users call for a boycott of the presidential election next April 9th.

For the creator of this satirical video, the die is cast in what he calls the new kingdom of Bouteflika. He reminds us that the President, who starts out as firm favourite, had the Constitution amended to increase the limit on the number of presidential terms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0EIHW9bgMs&feature=related


The boycott of the elections is seen by many net users as an anti-authoritarian act. And on sharing sites, messages multiply inviting Algerians to refrain from voting and not to participate in what the blogosphere sees as a future farce.

http://www.freefoxtv.net/2009/02/13/elections-presidentielles-2009-en-algerie/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNOG82w5PQo


But the supporters of Abdelaziz Bouteflika are also very active on the net. As we see in this photomontage urging people to unite and support the President.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8dc6c_tous-unis-pour-lalgerie-avec-abdela_news



DISNEY ONLINE COMMUNITY


The American entertainment giant Disney has just launched a community site called D23, in reference to the year 1923, when Walt Disney opened his studio in Hollywood. For an annual subscription of 75 dollars, this social network will allow all the fans of Mickey to meet onlne and have access to exclusive contents such as studio archives.

http://d23.disney.go.com/



CYBER CENSORSHIP


The organization for defence of press freedom “Reporters without borders” has just published its new list of Internet enemies consisting of twelve countries accused of censoring the net. Ten other nations, such as Australia and South Korea, are placed under surveillance, as being close to authoritarian regimes. Indeed, these countries recently adopted measures which can damage the freedom of expression on the Internet.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=26076&Valider=OK

Date created : 2009-03-17

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