On Thursday, I went to the 2003 Press Freedom Awards hosted by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression — a very worthy organization. It was great to see Alberto Barillas of Guatemala co-receive the award along with Xu Wei, the Chinese dissident sentenced to prison for 10 years for posting “illegal” information on the Internet. The Citizen Lab does research in both areas of the world.
I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has put out a security manual (PDF) that gives all sorts of practical tips on how to cover war. It is meant for journalists, but also practically useful for academics who work in zones of conflict.
Tomorrow there is a conference on SARS and Human Rights in China, put on by the UofT Law School. I’ll be there.