COLLATERAL FREEDOM

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.

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

Myanmar

The democratization of Myanmar’s regime that began in 2012 raised hopes for press freedom but Aung San Suu Kyi’s installation as head of government in 2016 has not had the expected impact. Journalists are often harassed by the security forces and the level of self-censorship is still very high, especially in Rakhine state, from which around 740,000 members of the Rohingya community fled in 2017. Even the use of the term “Rohingya” is banned in the media. The Internet and social media are now the main news sources for Myanmar’s citizens but online content is subjected to similarly oppressive treatment, propaganda and social media surveillance, together with Internet cuts in the west of the country, where what was “the world’s longest Internet shutdown” by June 2020 had terrible consequences. Some of the 1 million people deprived of any Internet connection had never heard of Covid-19. The Internet has now been restored in the west, but users still cannot access many of the 221 so-called “fake news” sites that were blocked on government orders at the height of the Covid-19 crisis in April 2020.

140
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked websites by RSF