March 16, 2008

Enemies of the Internet

Reporters Sans Frontières has listed 15 countries around the world as enemies of the Internet. They are:

  1. Belarus
  2. Burma
  3. China
  4. Cuba
  5. Egypt
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Iran
  8. North Korea
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Syria
  11. Tunisia
  12. Turkmenistan
  13. Uzbekistan
  14. Vietnam
  15. Zimbabwe

On March 12th and 13th, RSF had organized a 24-hour virtual demonstration against Internet censorship, where 21,843 Internet users in nine of these countries participated. Thanking these protesters, RSF said:

“This cyber-demonstration has shown the public’s growing interest in online free expression... We urge Internet users to continue protesting against the different forms of online censorship imposed by 15 governments in particular. Our protest platform is still active and people can still come and demonstrate.”

Allow me to join the protest with this quote from Thomas Jefferson:
"No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will. If virtuous the government need not fear the fair operation of attack and defence. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting out the truth in religion, law, or politics. I think it is as honorable to the government neither to know, nor notice its sycophants or censors, as it would be undignified and criminal to pamper the former and persecute the latter.
— To President Washington iii 467 FORD ED vi o8 (M., 1792)"

1 comment :
  1. Not in the same league as other countries listed in your post, but an attempt closer to home:

    Comcast's sleeping seat-fillers.

    Boston Globe editorial.


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