Wednesday 12 March - Launch of online free expression Day under Unesco's patronage plus repeat of last edition's 24-hour online demo against Internet censorship



    Reporters Without Borders will launch the first International Online Free
    Expression Day under UNESCO's patronage on 12 March, when it will also
    organise its second "24-hour online demo against Internet censorship,"
    urging Internet users to come and demonstrate on its website,
    www.rsf.org.

    MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - A total of 63 cyber-dissidents are
currently in jail worldwide for using their right to free expression on the
Internet. China continues to be the world's biggest prison for online
journalists and bloggers.
    To denounce government censorship of the Internet and to demand more
online freedom, Reporters Without Borders is calling on Internet users to come
and protest in online versions of the nine countries that are "Internet
enemies" during the 24 hours from 11 a.m. on 12 March to 11 a.m. on 13 March
(Paris time). Anyone with Internet access will be able to create an avatar,
choose a message for their banner and take part in one of the nine cyber-demos
(Burma, China, North Korea, Cyba, Egypt, Erithrea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and
Viêt-nam).
    Reporters Without Borders will release its latest list of "Internet
enemies" together with a new version of its Handbook for Cyber-Dissidents.
    When the first "24 hours against Internet censorship" was held last year,
some 40,000 Internet users came and clicked on an inter-active map of the
world to help make the "Internet black holes" disappear. This time we can do
even more to make this new protest a success and to put pressure on the
governments that try to muzzle what should be space where people can express
their views freely.
    This operation was devised and produced by the Saatchi & Saatchi
advertising agency. A campaign ad is being circulated online calling on
Internet users the world over to come and take part in the 24-hour protest.
All news media, websites and blogs that would like to support this major
operation are invited to get in touch with

    Katherine Borlongan
    Secrétaire générale / Secretary General
    Reporters sans frontières Canada
    Tél : (514) 521 4111
    Cell : (514) 258 4188
    rsfcanada@rsf.org




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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