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
In response to a wave of street protests since the presidential election in August, the Belarusian authorities have been cracking down hard both on citizens demanding fair elections and non-aligned journalists, who have been subjected to major round-ups. Media censorship is a standard repressive tool in this country, which the autocrat Alexander Lukashenko has ruled since 1994. But it has never been used to this scale, with an average of 38 arrests of journalists a week since August, foreign media being deprived of their accreditation and the Internet being purged of dozens of news sites. Despite the constant attempts to reduce them to silence, independent media continue to courageously cover the freedom demonstrations.