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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Web Censorship is not favourable

Digg! Slashdot Slashdot It! The Internet enemies list numbers 13: Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

These are the countries singled out by the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders as the worst culprits for systematic online censorship, and they were targeted in the group's 24-hour online protest ending at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Siding the government in return for entry

In a statement, Yahoo said: "We continue to employ rigorous procedural protections under applicable laws in response to government requests for information, maintaining our commitment to user privacy and compliance with the law."

In Cuba, Reporters Without Borders said, the government "ensures that there is no Internet access for its political opponents and independent journalists, for whom reaching news media abroad is an ordeal."

The punishment for writing "a few counterrevolutionary articles" for foreign Web sites can be years in prison, it said.

Another Country joining China

Nepal, Maldives and Libya have been removed from Reporters Without Borders' annual list of Internet enemies. However, there's an addition to the list, Egypt, where it said "many bloggers were harassed and imprisoned this year."

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