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.
Websites unblocked by RSF
Focus on Censorship
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
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.