COLLATERAL FREEDOM

RSF unblocks 21 censored websites

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

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi regime cracks down harshly on dissent, often by using the 2007 cyber-crime law. Blasphemy, insulting religion, “inciting chaos,” and defaming the king and the state are all punishable by long jail terms. Online media, the websites of the traditional media and platforms with video or audio content are now required to apply to the ministry of information and culture for a licence. To get a three-year licence, applicants must sign an identity declaration, provide documents “attesting to good behaviour” and provide the website host’s name. Forums, blogs, personal websites, distribution lists, electronic files and chats are all now recorded. As a result of a February 2014 decision, bloggers must now also give their real identity.

170
in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked websites by RSF