RSF unblocks 24 censored websites
Starting on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Internet users throughout the world will have free and unrestricted access to Ozguruz (Turkish journalist Can Dundar’s website in Turkey), Azathabar (in Turkmenistan), Meydan (Azerbaijan), Doha News (Qatar) and Alqst (Saudi Arabia).
How does RSF outsmart censorship?
Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents technological censorship by means of an original strategy in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on the servers of the world’s Internet giants. Authoritarian regimes cannot block access to the mirrors without the “collateral damage” of restricting their own access to the services of these Internet companies.
15 countries enemies of Internet
Focus on Censorship
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Still relatively free until recently, the Internet has been brought largely under control since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012. The Internet had played a key role in the major protest movement that rocked Russia in the preceding months and the Ukrainian revolution reinforced Kremlin paranoia. Created in 2012 to “protect children,” the blacklist of blocked websites keeps on getting longer. Since 2013, sites deemed to be transmitting “calls to participate in unauthorized demonstrations” can be blocked without a court order. As a result, the news and information websites Grani.ru, EJ.ru and Kasparov.ru were rendered inaccessible three months later. Since the summer of 2014, influential bloggers have to register under their real names and comply with requirements similar to those imposed on the media. And they are now criminally responsible for the comments that visitors post on their sites. The Internet is now closely watched and the frequency of prison sentences has been growing: 18 people were jailed for online content in 2015 and 29 in 2016.