Collateral Freedom: thwarting censorship in 18 “Enemy of the Internet” countries

To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, on March 12, RSF is launching the sixth round of its Operation Collateral Freedom by making four more news websites accessible in the countries where they are currently blocked. In September 2020, RSF unblocks three additional news sites blocked by the Belarusian government after the controversial results of the presidential elections of 9 August 2020. RSF has restored access to eight additional websites that have been blocked in their own country for publishing information about theCOVID-19 pandemic that did not toe the government line.


Collateral Freedom: how RSF frustrates censorship

In order to circumvent website blocking by governments that violate human rights and are Enemies of the Internet, RSF uses the technique known as “mirroring” to duplicate the censored sites and place the copies on the international servers of Internet giants. Blocking these servers in order to make the mirror sites inaccessible would deprive thousands of companies in these countries of access to essential technologies. The economic and political cost would be very high, and hard for the governments to accept.

 

RSF rents bandwidth for this operation that is gradually used up as more and more people visit the mirror sites. We therefore ask Internet users to help pay for additional bandwidth so that the mirror sites will be available for as long as possible.

 

15 new websites unblocked in 2020

 


The mirror sites created by RSF in 2020

RSF blocked in Egypt. Mirror: https://rwb.global.ssl.fastly....

La Voix de Djibouti blocked in Djibouti. Mirror: https://voxdji.global.ssl.fast...

Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch (mingsheng guancha) blocked in China.*

Weiquanwang (维权网) blocked in China.*

*For security reasons, the link is not communicated.

Masheka.by blocked in Belarus. Mirror : https://masheka.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

Vkurier.by blocked in Belarus. Mirror: https://vkurier.global.ssl.fastly.net/

Tribuna blocked in Belarus. Mirror: https://bytribuna.global.ssl.fastly.net/

Narinjara News blocked in Myanmar. Mirror: http://narinjara.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

Development Media Group (English site) blocked in Myanmar. Mirror: https://dmediag.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

Development Media Group (Burmese-language site) blocked in Myanmar. Mirror: http://dmgburmese.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

The Stateless blocked in Myanmar. Mirror: https://thestateless.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

Monoroom.info blocked in Cambodia. Mirror: https://monoroom.global.ssl.fastly.net 

Akhbor blocked in Tajikistan. Mirror: https://akhbor.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

Charter 97 blocked in Belarus. Mirror: https://charter97.global.ssl.fastly.net/ 

Turan blocked in Azerbaijan. Mirror: https://turan.global.ssl.fastly.net/