Reporters without Borders launch global campaign seeks to crush web censorship

Reporters without Borders has launched World Day Against Cyber Censorship, a global event designed to raise awareness of censorship on the internet. The initiative names and shames the worst offending governments, bundling the UK, France and Australia alongside others like China and South Korea. The press organisation also names Saudi Arabia, Burma, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam, and has asked global trade bodies to intervene and encourage some of these to improve their record on censorship. The number of countries now employing internet censorship has doubled over the past year, according to the organisation. “In 2009, some 60 countries experienced a form of web censorship, which is twice as many as in 2008. The internet is being progressively devoured by the implementation of national intranets whose content is ‘approved’ by the authorities,” it said. The group added that western democracies, particularly Australia, France, Italy and the UK, are slipping internet rules into place “in the name of the fight against child pornography or the theft of intellectual property”.


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