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
Alternative news sites are among the collateral victims of the war that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared against all media outlets critical of his policies. In theory, constitutional provisions guarantee freedom of expression but the allies of Manila’s “Punisher” have subjected the independent news website Rappler and its editor, Maria Ressa, to relentless judicial harassment.
A parallel war against the freedom to inform online is being waged by a mercenary army of trolls who respond quickly to the irascible president’s bidding wages. With the help of “click farms” based in such countries as India, Indonesia and Thailand, alternative sites such as Bulatlat and Kodao Production are rendered inaccessible by coordinated distributed-denial-of-service-type attacks. They have even targeted the site of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, whose only crime has been to defend reporters against harassment by Malacañang, the presidential palace.