Growing virtual protests in Tunisia against web censorship

In Tunisia, the volume of protest against internet censorship is rising. A group of young Tunisians and web activists has started a campaign planned to run throughout May to confront the electronic censor, whom they mockingly refer to as ‘Ammar 404’. Pressure on the press authorities to back down has grown, with the protests including a petition that aims to amass 10,000 signatures against censorship, 4,000 of which have already been collected. Activists have also flooded internet websites and networks with photos and videos. The campaign has encouraged internet users to overcome the barrier of fear and even show their faces to express their protest. The website ammar405, which was blocked a few hours after its appearance, featured protestors disclosing their names and surnames in an attempt to mock or even provoke the Tunisian censor


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