Internet censorship protest kicks off online
Press freedom activist group Reporters Without Borders kicks off a 24-hour online demo against internet censorship this morning at 11am, in which anyone can take part.
Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is inviting net surfers around the world to visit its website – at www.rsf.org - between 11am today and 11am tomorrow, November 8, to express their opposition to what RWB claims are the 60 so-called ‘cyber-dissidents’ imprisoned around the world for expressing themselves online.
Visitors to the site will find four activities in which they can take part: The first is a cyber-demo against ‘internet black holes’, which effectively outlines the 13 countries that RWB claims are ‘internet enemies’ and do not allow the publishing of personal views and comments online.
Secondly, the website allows visitors to record a voice message to send to the founder of Yahoo! (RWB), the reason being that RWB claims Yahoo! was the first company to censor its search engine to “curry favour with the Chinese authorities, and because it has been collaborating for years with the Chinese police, which arrests and convicts dissident and freelance journalists.”
Thirdly, RWB is giving visitors the chance to have their say online within its own portal , by launching its own blog site, at www.rsfblog.org.
Last but not least, today also sees the launch of an Arabic version of www.rsf.org, which will feature the latest press freedom news in Arabic each day.
In a statement about the campaign on its site, Reporters Without Borders’ team claims, “Something that is fairly simple for anyone to do in most countries is nonetheless banned in 13 of them. You can go to prison for posting your views on a blog or website in China, Tunisia or Egypt, for example. In order to combat this kind of censorship and to make as many people as possible aware of the situation, Reporters Without Borders is for the first time launching a major protest: 24 hours against online censorship. The general public, internet users, bloggers, journalists, students - everyone is invited to register their opposition to censorship with a simple click.”