Cyber-demonstration - More than 21,000 join in protest on Reporters Without Borders websites against online censorship

    MONTREAL, March 14 /CNW/ - Reporters Without Borders thanks the
21,843 Internet users who took part in a 24-hour online protest against
cyber-censorship that it organised on its website on 12 and 13 March.
    "This cyber-demonstration has shown the public's growing interest in
online free expression," the press freedom organisation said. "We urge
Internet users to continue protesting against the different forms of online
censorship imposed by 15 governments in particular. Our protest platform is
still active and people can still come and demonstrate."
    The more than 21,000 people who participated in the 24-hour protest
brandished placards with anti-censorship slogan in virtual versions of nine
countries - Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, North Korea, Tunisia,
Turkmenistan and Vietnam. More than 100,000 people connected to the Reporters
Without Borders website during this period.
    Reporters Without Borders added: "Sixty-two cyber-dissidents are still
imprisoned because of what they posted online. This demonstration has shown
that they have not been forgotten.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)

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