The Committee to Protect Bloggers reports that Brian Conley of Alive in Baghdad and four other bloggers, have been arrested in Beijing. More here
UPDATE: Iraqi blogger Chikitita sends the following email from the campaign in support of Brian, it includes this statement from Brian's wife, part of which I've excerpted below:
Statement from Eowyn Rieke: My husband, Brian Conley, has dedicated his life to helping oppressed people communicate their struggles to the world. Since 2004 he has worked on the video blog Alive in Baghdad which produces and distributes weekly video segments about daily life in Iraq and the impact of the war.
Brian went to China to document pro-Tibet protests taking place concurrent with the Olympics. He was not participating in political actions, only documenting them as any journalist would. On August 19, 2008, he was arrested by Chinese authorities for this work, along with 5 others working with Students for a Free Tibet, Jeff Rae (who also works with Alive in Baghdad), James Powderly, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, and Tom Grant. Under China's repressive government it is illegal to record expressions of free speech and work as a journalist without state supervision.
There's further information about the cyberconflict running parallel to the actual conflict, at Computer World. In that article a security expert wisely points out, "Use caution with any Web sites that appear of a Georgia official source but are without any recent news [such as those dated Saturday, Aug. 9, or Sunday, Aug. 10], as these may be fraudulent"
There's clearly a lot of discussion of the issue taking place online in languages other than English. Relying on robotic translation is always dangerous, but Google translate throws up some interesting results. Would be good to have a human linguist explore them further (note in comments anyone?)
If you've seen other blog coverage of events please do leave a note in comments or email and I'll forward it to the Up All Night team
UPDATE: Extensive coverage over at Civil.ge. Civil Georgia is a daily news online service devoted to delivering quality news and analysis about Georgia. Civil.Ge is run by The UN Association of Georgia, a Georgian non-governmental organization, in frames of 'National Integration and Tolerance in Georgia' Program financed by USAID.
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