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 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.