COLLATERAL FREEDOM

RSF unblocks 21 censored websites

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

Philippines

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.

136
in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked websites by RSF