World Day Against Cyber Censorship today
World Day Against Cyber Censorship is being observed around the globe on Tuesday calling on activists, movements and organisations to remind their constituents of the importance of protecting free expression online.
The aim of the day is to defend human rights online, promote Internet accessibility for all, and expose enemies of Internet openness — along with governments that are gradually becoming more controlling over how their citizens use the Internet , said Reporters Without Borders.
The rights group has named Bahrain, China, Iran, Syria and Vietnam "State Enemies of the Internet." Similarly it has categories countries such as Australia, Egypt, France, India, Malaysia Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates as countries under surveillance.
RSF said the five countries’ governments "are involved in active, intrusive surveillance of news providers, resulting in grave violations of freedom of information and human rights."
"Increasingly widespread cyber-censorship and cyber-surveillance are endangering the Internet model that the Net’s founders envisaged: the Internet as place of freedom, a place for exchanging information, content and opinions, a place that transcended frontiers," the Paris-based NGO said in a statement. Nepalnews.com