COLLATERAL FREEDOM

RSF unblocks 34 censored websites in 18 countries.

How does RSF outsmart censorship?


Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents Internet censorship by means of a strategy in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on international servers belonging to the world’s Internet giants. If a country wants to block access to the mirrors, it must also deprive itself of access to all the sites and services hosted on these servers, which would inflict significant “collateral damage” on its own economy.

Help us to outsmart censorship!
RSF has to buy bandwidth to keep its mirror sites accessible. The more they are visited, the faster this bandwidth is used up. By making a donation, every Internet user can help to fund the bandwidth needed to maintain and extend access to the unblocked websites. New: RSF is offering a Google Chrome and Firefox browser extension called “Censorship detector” that facilitates access to websites within the countries where they are censored.

Websites unblocked by RSF

Focus on Censorship

Tajikistan

The Tajik authorities have imposed widespread online censorship since giving themselves monopoly control over Internet access in 2018. The main news sites and social media are now almost permanently blocked, “troll factories” have been created to discredit all critics, most independent media have closed as a result of state harassment, the police hound the few journalists still trying to do their job, and President Emomali Rakhmon is becoming increasingly authoritarian. Under a vaguely worded law that took effect on 8 July 2020, any “false” or “inaccurate” information about Covid-19 in the media or on social media is punishable by a heavy fine. Although bordering China, Tajikistan was one of the few country in the world that had not yet reported any coronavirus cases in late April 2020. It did so only on 30 April, 24 hours before a visit by a World Health Organization delegation.

162
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked website by RSF