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

Cambodia

Worried by the prospect of losing the 2018 general elections after more than 30 years in power, Prime Minister Hun Sen launched a major pre-emptive crackdown on press freedom that included seizing control of mass media, closing independent outlets and intimidating and jailing journalists. In reaction to the clampdown, citizen-journalists turned to the Internet, above all Facebook, which half of Cambodia’s population use. However, any online content can be labelled as “fake news” and censored by the authorities, who do not hesitate to block sites regarded as overly critical. On the pretext of combatting Covid-19, the authorities declared a state of emergency law that institutionalizes censorship and allows them “to surveil and keep track of all means [of online communication] in every form.” Two journalists were arrested – one in April 2020 and one in June 2020 – in connection with online posts about the pandemic.

144
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked website by RSF