RWB: Gulf Countries Are ‘Enemies of the Internet’

By on March 30, 2010
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Egypt, Saudi and Syria called the worst violators of freedom of speech.

NGO Reporters Without Borders have called several Arab countries “Enemies of the Internet” with Eypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia being among the worst violators of freedom of speech.

Reporters without Borders are an organization that fights for freedom of press and defends journalist prosecuted for doing their jobs. They recently released their Internet Enemies report which stated that some sixty countries have experienced some form of web censorship in 2009, almost twice as much from the previous year.

“…Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan have opted for such massive filtering that their Internet users have chosen to practice self-censorship. For economic purposes, China, Egypt, Tunisia and Vietnam have wagered on a infrastructure development strategy while keeping a tight control over the Web’s political and social content (Chinese and Tunisian filtering systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated), and they are demonstrating a deep intolerance for critical opinions,” the RWB report explains, adding that bloggers and internet users in Iran are considered enemies of the government.

Countries like Turkey are “under surveillance” for blocking thousands of internet websites including the popular video hosting site Youtube. RWB says that the United Arab Emirates, also one of the countries under surveillance, will “need to make more progress to avoid getting transferred into the next Enemies of the Internet list”.

A soundly safe image hosting website like Flickr is blocked while potentially advert filled websites like Imageshack is freely accessible. Yeah, we can safely say that is not going to happen anytime soon.



Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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