Enemies of the internet revealed

Mon 12 March 2012 16:00, Tamara Yadvichuk

Enemies of the internet revealed

Today the global online community celebrates the fifth World Day Against Cyber-Censorship – an initiative started in March 2008 by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International ‘in support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all’. Since then the organization has been fighting for the freedom of ‘netizens’ by exposing censorship and restrictions on the internet all over the world.

Reporters Without Borders published a report which provides insight into the current situation in the world concerning censorship, filtering and blocking of content, surveillance and propaganda threatening online freedom of speech.

Also, the list of the ‘Enemies of the Internet’ has been updated: this year Bahrain and Belarus joined China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and other members of the ‘censored internet club’. Here’s what the world cyber-censorship map looks like, with the ‘Enemies of the Internet’ in black, and countries ‘under surveillance’ in red (note that France, Australia, Russia and Turkey are under surveillance). 


Today at 6 pm Reporters without Borders will award ‘a blogger, online journalist or cyber-dissident who has helped to promote freedom of expression on the Internet’ with their Netizen Prize of €2,500. Last year the prize went to Nawaat, an independent Tunisian blog. Who could it be this year?

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