France - With more than 2 600 websites blocked and 64 cyber-dissidents jailed, come and protest online next month to free the Internet



    MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders will hold the
first International Day against Cyber-Censorship in exactly one month from
now. You can take part in the first worldwide, live cyber-demo that will begin
at 11 a.m. (Paris time) on 12 March and go on for 24 hours.

    Protest where protests are banned

    Come and demonstrate in Beijing's Tiananmen Square or chant slogans in
support of Internet freedom in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. Everyone
will be able to create an avatar, choose a message and brandish it in one of
the countries that are "Internet enemies." You can protest for 24 hours and
turn the Internet into a way to put pressure on the cyber-censors.

    Support the cyber-dissidents

    Post information about this 24-hour online protest on your blog, website
or profile in Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere. Website banners will soon be
available to help you announce it. You will find them in the "24 hours against
cyber-censorship" group in Facebook and in the Internet section of the
Reporters Without Borders website.
    Reporters Without Borders is aware of more than 2,600 websites being
censored by governments in 2007, while 64 cyber-dissidents are currently in
jail for using their right to online free expression. China continues to be
the world's biggest prison for cyber-dissidents.
    Bloggers are increasingly under threat because they circumvent government
censorship and sustain and contribute to a space where people can be outspoken
and express their views freely. Many Internet users will be taking a risk to
demonstrate online during these 24 hours. For you, for us, it means offering
them a platform and allowing them to be heard.

    "Internet enemies" list and Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents

    Reporters Without Borders will release its latest list of "Internet
enemies" on 12 March, together with a new version of its Handbook for Bloggers
and Cyber-Dissidents.

    Around 40,000 people took part in last year's 24-hour online protest.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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