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
After imposing self-censorship on the traditional media by means judicial harassment and physical threats, the military establishment has opened a new front aimed at silencing those exercising the freedom to inform online. With the help of their allies in the judiciary, the Pakistani military are acting as a “deep state” that tolerates no independent journalism.
Journalists are often arrested for daring to be too critical in their social network posts. Sites such as Safenewsrooms.org that try to provide Pakistanis with reliable and independently-reported news and information are systematically blocked.
At the start of 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s information minister announced a vast “crackdown against extremist narratives on digital media,” in which the term “extremist” was understood to imply “not toeing the military line.” To this end, the government has created a powerful new censorship bureau called the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, whose members are appointed directly by the executive. Websites such as Rabwahtimes.com were rendered inaccessible shortly after this announcement.