The fight for online freedom of expression is more essential than ever. By creating new spaces for exchanging ideas and information, the Internet is a force for freedom. In countries where the traditional media are controlled by the government, the only independent news and information are to be found on the Internet, which has become a forum for discussion and a refuge for those who want to express their views freely.
However, more and more governments have realized this and are reacting by trying to control the Internet. Never have so many countries been affected by some form of online censorship, whether arrests or harassment of netizens, online surveillance, website blocking or the adoption of repressive Internet laws. Netizens are being targeted by government reprisals. Around 117 of them are currently detained for expressing their views freely online, mainly in China, Iran and Vietnam.
- World Day against Cyber Censorship March 12th. (valorfreedom.wordpress.com)
- Amendment will allow government agency to use private sector to monitor the Internet (valorfreedom.wordpress.com)
- leonard oprea (to Mr. Andrei Plesu) – WHO ARE YOU AMERICA TODAY?/A GLOBALIZED CENSORSHIP (magultheophil.wordpress.com)
- Researcher Maps Extent of Internet Censorship Worldwide (censorshipinamerica.wordpress.com)
- Online Censorship Grows in 2010, Showing Power of Netizens (pbs.org)
- Internet Censorship In India Has Increased (censorshipinamerica.com)
- As 2011 Begins, Censorship Still Opposes Internet Openness (ostatic.com)
- Clinton Says Internet Censorship Harmful to Governments (pcworld.com)
- Libyan Internet Blackouts Feel Like A “Post-Apocalyptic Scenario” (socialtimes.com)