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
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.