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Where Blogging Is An Occupational Hazard

Folks who live in Western democracies, and those of us who live in the Constitution Republic of the United States, enjoy great freedoms when accessing the Internet. Sure, our privacy is challenged on a daily basis by the likes of our governments, Google, huge Internet marketing firms and similar operations. And we must be ever vigilent to guard against the constant erosion of our privacy rights on the Internet least we begin to live in countries that do not afford such freedoms as we do enjoy.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, (CPJ) an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981, “promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.”

Further, the CPJ ” … has registered that in several countries in Asia and the Middle East, information is submitted to censorship by their governments. In some cases, the dictatorships or totalitarian regimes restrict the access to this media and impose prison penalties for uploading any ‘misleading’ information to personal webpages.” – Top 10 Countries That Censor The Internet

The top 10 countries in the world where being a blogger is a very dangerous occupation or hobby:

10. Turkmenistan

9. Vietnam

8. Tunisia

7. Syria

6. People’s Republic of China

5. Iran

4. Saudi Arabia

3. Cuba

2. Burma

1. North Korea

Don’t think I’ll be blogging in any of those countries anytime soon.

Watch Out Mommy Bloggers

It seems that the Federal Trade Commission will be putting into effect a brand new set of guidelines called “Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” regarding bloggers who endorse products.

As I understand it, if you endorse some kind of product in your blog and fail to disclose your relationship with the manufacturer of that product, then you could find yourself with a pretty big fine ($11,000) from the FTC!

An ABC on line news article summed it up best with this headline and story: Mommy Bloggers Could Be Held Liable for Product Reviews

The guidelines have met a ton of criticism from both political liberals and conservatives because of their alleged vagueness.

What about the affiliates of softtware (or Internet) products? Are they subject to this vague disclosure thing when they blog-endorse the very product they are supposed to be promoting?

And finally: Hasn’t this all gone just a little too far?