Thursday, November 9, 2006

List of Internet Enemies Released

Reporters Without BordersReporters without Borders released the latest list of 13 Internet enemies, countries that harass reporters, limit free speech and jail proponents of freedom.

The good news is that three countries (Nepal, Maldives and Libya) have been removed from the annual list of Internet enemies.

Meanwhile, back in the middle East, Egypt is in the fast lane of repression and has been added to the list of countries that systematically violate online free expression.

China has adopted an Internet model based on censorship and surveillance that may one day be imposed on the rest of the world. China is the most advanced country in the world that uses Internet filtering.

In Cuba, less than 2 per cent of the population is online. You can get five years just for connecting to the Internet illegally.

Egypt, first time on the list, ruled that the authorities could block, suspend of close down any website likely to pose a threat to national security.

In Saudi Arabia, filters clearly inform Internet users that certain websites (pornography, opposition websites, Israeli publications, or sites dealing with homosexuality) are banned.

To see the rest of the list, including North Korea, Iran and Syria, visit Reports Without Borders.

To read more about Internet repression and the struggle of reporters and bloggers to inform, express and educate others, please see Reporters Without Borders Releases Blog Handbook.

For information about methods used to circumvent Internet regulation, please read the Great Firewall of China. Support Reporters Without Borders. The Internet freedom you save may be your own.

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1 comment:

Karmyn R said...

I was surprised to see the US on there - and then remembered our Patrior Act and then it made sense. Makes me sad that we, a free Country, should even be on that list.


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