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
Restricted, closely watched, and flooded with government propaganda, Djibouti’s Internet struggles to escape the clampdown on news and information under Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, the country’s dictator for more than 20 years. No independent media outlet is tolerated and news sites that try to examine the regime’s policies critically are censored. Despite the widespread presence of disinformation campaigns, social media offer the only access to information free of the regime’s propaganda. Djiboutians are using them more and more and the country is now one of the top ten in Africa for connectivity. To limit access, the authorities deliberately restrict broadband Internet, and connection speeds are among the lowest in Africa although Djibouti, because of its strategic location on the Gulf of Aden, has privileged access to several underwater cables.