Virtual demos over net censorship

Thousands of people are taking part in “virtual protests” against countries accused of censoring the internet.For its first Online Free Expression Day, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has created virtual versions of nine public spaces.These areas where protests are not normally possible include Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Kim Il-Sung Square in the North Korean capital Pyongyang.RSF says at least 62 cyber-dissidents are in jail around the world.More than 2,600 websites, blogs, or forums were closed down or blocked last year, the group says. Without Borders launches Online Free Expression Day
Group calls on Net users to protest virtually against censorship in countries that are ‘Internet enemies’Reporters Without Borders is asking Internet users to demonstrate virtually against countries that censor Internet freedom.”From now on, we will organize activities every 12 March to condemn cybercensorship throughout the world,” the organization said in a statement. “A response of this kind is needed to the growing tendency to crack down on bloggers and to close Web sites.” body accuses UNESCO of bowing to censors [Reuters]
A leading media watchdog accused a United Nations agency of “grovelling” to authoritarian governments by dropping sponsorship of a free speech day on Wednesday.Reporters Without Borders, known by its French acronym RSF, organised its second Online Free Expression Day on which it published a list of “Internet Enemies” — governments it says imprison Internet users.

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