While blogs and citizen media may only rarely break controversial stories in the UK, in countries like Singapore and China, where mainstream media is controlled by government, they often have a much greater impact. This special edition of Witness broadcast on Al Jazeera English highlights the importance of blogging to the public sphere in Russia. It features journalists who save their most controversial stories for their own blogs, knowing that they will never be published on mainstream media. It also looks at the personal risks they take. This is proper journalism!