World Day Against Cyber Censorship: RSF Unblocks 3 More Sites
RSF leads the way to a freer internet worldwide
World Day Against Cyber Censorship occurs every 12th March. This year, Reporters Without Borders intended to rally everyone in support of a single Internet that is unrestricted and accessible to all. RSF is also drawing attention to the fact that, the Internet is a force for freedom. That will mean a lotfor those reacting by trying to control the Internet.
This year, Reporters Without Borders marks the occasion by issuing its latest list of “Enemies of the Internet.” This list points the finger at countries such as Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Tunisia that restrict online access and harass their netizens.Turkey and Russia have newly been added to this list.
Reporters Without Borders awarded on 11 March the first “Netizen Prize”, with Google's support, to the Iranian women’s rights activists of the Change for Equality (www.we-change.org) website. Journalist, blogger and activist Parvin Ardalan, one of the site’s founders, received the prize. This prize recognizes an Internet user, blogger or cyber-dissident who has made a notable contribution to the defence of online freedom of expression.
Reports coming in from Manila, Philippines reveal that more sites censored in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and China have been re-opened. In view of this, the international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced it is providing alternative online access to three news websites that are currently blocked in their respective countries.
The websites concerned are ALQST (Advocating for Human Rights), SAFENEWSROOMS.org, and China Digital Times. In a statement, Elodie Vialle, head of RSF's Journalism and Technology bureau, said the following: "Collateral Freedom is carried out, thanks in large part to a community of developers who are committed to press freedom.
"This chain of solidarity between ethical hackers and human rights defenders allows RSF to restore online access to independent media in countries that are news and information black holes. It proves that solidarity is the best response to online censorship."
The RSF said a total of 142 million visits have been registered to their "mirror" sites since 2015, and up till now, 22 unblocked news websites cover a total of 12 countries that were once locked up under the control of powerful political administrations.