Monthly Archives: September 2015

Vietnamese blogger released; twenty women still in prison

TA PHONG TANVietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan is free.  She arrived in the U.S. on Saturday.  Twenty more women political prisoners have been highlighted in a #free the 20 campaign, kicked off by Samantha Power, the  U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Their profiles are here.

free the 20-lrgThe names are:

  1. Wang Yu, China
  2. Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan
  3. Bahareh Hedayat, Iran
  4. 4-6 Blen Mesfin
  5. Meron Alemayehu,
  6. and Nigist Wondifraw, Ethiopia
  7. Gao Yu, China
  8. Aster Yohannes, Eritrea
  9. Matlyuba Kamilova, Uzbekistan
  10. Leyla Yunus, Azerbaijan
  11. Phyoe Phyoe Aung, Burma
  12. Liu Xia, China
  13. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Vietnam
  14. Judge María Lourdes Afiuni Mora, Venezuela
  15. Sanaa Seif, Egypt (released September 24, 2015) See note.
  16. Naw Ohn Hla, Burma
  17. Nadiya Savchenko, Ukraine/Russia
  18. Anonymous, North Korea
  19. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Vietnam
  20. Rasha Chorbaji, Syria (usually spelled Rasha Sharbaji, Ar: رشا شربجي)

UPDATE: Sanaa Seif was released along with 100 other prisoners, including two male al-Jazeera reporters, Mohamed Fahmy of Canada and Baher Mohamed of Egypt. The Wikipedia articles of Fahmy and Mohamed have both been updated.  The Wikipedia article of Seif has not. (updated Feb/2016)


Jimbo’s 2015 Wikimania speech

Wikimania 2015 – Jimmy Wales “State of the Wiki: Free Expression and Wikipedia”

Video at YouTube and Commons.  Crossposted to Wikisource.


Clausura_Wikimanía_2015_Jimbo_WalesHello. [Applause] Wooo.

Okay, so,  I always used to say that this was my most difficult speech of the year because…and people say ooh, is it a hostile audience? I say, no, they’re a great audience, they love everything about it, but the problem is that they know more about Wikipedia than I do, so that always makes it very difficult.  Continue reading