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Internet, bloggers and accurate news: Are we getting the right kind of information?

In countries with heavy press censorship, blogs and websites have become the preferred means for people to consume and distribute the news. Bloggers were initially succeeding in subverting government censorship, but now some governments have caught up with them and have actually been trying to launch blogs of their own.

When it comes to blogs, how do we determine what is true and what is not true? How do we know a blog is a government blog or a legitimate blog?

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I am a Journali

I am a Journalist and blogger. I blog on information communication technologies for development (ict4d) and social issues. I blog because i enjoy publishing myself and it helps me in my work when i am looking for background material as the blog acts as my archive. However there are different types of blogs. I remember being threatened to be sued for publishing a travelogue to Malawi on my way to attend the Southern Africa Social Forum. The institution that delayed us felt that the blog piece was in bad test but it was the truth. I am sure those people would now say that bloggers are not publishing accurate news. When they threatened me with taking legal action they also sent a copy of what they a said had really happened which i also pasted on my blog. They did not like this but instead demanded for retrieval of the article. I think that people are more scared of bloggers as they are not censored and they publish immediately something happens. My blog has even used by many scholars for there research as there is very little information documented on information communication technologies in Zambia. I would like to encourage bloggers to continue with their good work as they have contributed to content creation. Amongst bloggers, Journalists are the only one who blog in the news style as they have been trained to write in a particular manner. Many other bloggers just give information in a writing style. The news is mostly hidden inside the article. Some blogs are used as advocacy blogs and they really help in creating awareness on a particular subject area. Some blogs are like people's diaries being put online. Some blogs are actually group blogs where the platform can be blogged by a group. When a person wants some information they are better off analysing the information they get from the internet by double checking with other experts if it is suspect. I can however assure you that the internet will give you most recent updated information on a subject area which sometimes will need to be double checked especially if one gets from web sites which are not authentic. Most authentic websites give correct information and now with Web 2.0 tools there is a lot of collaboration whereby people who know something about the subject area add more information to that which is on a particular blog.

Yes. Not every

Yes. Not every bloggers could give accurate news but reader can trace thro them. We have to encourage bloggers for it can cause freedom for expression for certain country like Myanmar. Myanmar blogger, Nay Hpome Latt is in jail for he blogged about Saffron Revolution in September2007.

Overall-- yes,

Overall-- yes, the tools for filtering information are improving just as more news is disseminated by more people. But we still have a long way to go.

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I am sure that

I am sure that we are getting the right kind of infromation from bloggers. As it is rightly observed that heavy press censorship has forced most of us to set up our own blogs, bloggers ensure accurate and right kind of information for publishing. Bloggers offier their analysis of events and other critical subjects, which hard in most cases and this is attributed to press censorship.

To some extent

To some extent I see that the online publications tend to get closer to the right information even though often the sources refuse to be identified. However the issue is that for Malawi given the stories I have followed, the websites tend to get more accurate information. In fact the government is so aware that they keep refuting yet they are challenged when the reality comes up later.

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