Blogging as Journalism

by Kiko Matsing

Who says blogging is not proper journalism?

“I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers myself,” he said. “We need editorial more than ever right now.” (Steve Jobs, on blogger site Gizmodo’s scoop on the iPhone G4)

Paris hosts cyber-shelter for battered bloggers (AFP)

Paris-based media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders on Thursday launched a virtual “anti-censorship shelter” to protect bloggers around the world from repressive authorities.

The group (RSF) unveiled a room in its Paris headquarters set aside for fugitive journalists or bloggers from abroad to drop in and blog with secure Internet connections using software that masks their online identity…

RSF estimates that about 120 people are in jail throughout the world as punishment for blogging and other forms of online journalism, singling out countries such as China, Vietnam and Iran.

I guess it’s those who wish to control the free flow of information that would undermine authority. Blogging allows dissemination of information critical of repressive regimes. It also allows a proliferation of contrary opinions to be published side by side.

[The] peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race, posterity as well as the existing generation–those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. (J.S. Mill, On Liberty)

Long live open source!

(Hey Apple: “Don’t be evil!”)