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
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.