Don't get me wrong. I realize there are places expressing your opinion lands you in jail or worse. After all, I lived through apartheid, South American right-wing dictatorships and the Cold War. But the differences between speaking and publication in the pre- and post-Internet worlds have led to isolated voices being far more prone to the jackbooted. So what was once something discussed in the street can now be read by millions and can be erased.
Even so, doesn't The Committee To Protect Bloggers sound a wee bit over the top? It's all fine and good as an aspiration - but have they actually protected a blogger? Say what you like about Greenpeace and their methods but they have been there between harpoon and whale. Médecins Sans Frontières are out there near the battlefields. The CPB has a Facebook page and recommends Twitter.
Maybe the comparison is not fair. The tracking of who is saying what is much like the needle in the haystack. Maybe all that can be done with limited resources and that little obstacle called totalitarianism is write reports. Maybe they just need a better name.