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

Djibouti

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.

176
in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked website by RSF
  • La Voix de Djibouti (Voice of Djibouti)
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