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 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.