The Internets has 13 Enemies!

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Posted November 8, 2006 - By Yodapollo

Normally, if someone were write out an "Enemies" list, people might begin to question said person’s grasp on reality. If that person were to publish a list of their enemies, then most of those questions would become accusations. If that list were to contain the names of nations, including American "ally" Saudi Arabia, said person might themselves on the wrong side of a desk in Gitmo.

This is why I am happy to proclaim that the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders have published their list of "Enemies to the Internets". Actually, the list has no title, but simply calls out 13 nations as the worst culprits of systematic online censorship.

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Countries that made the list this year are: Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

The countries listed by Reporters Without Borders have been singled out due to their known censorship and, in many cases, imprisoning of online reporters for the publication of "subversive content". There are currently 61 people in prison on such charges around the world, 52 of them in China.

Reporters Without Borders also marked the 13 countries as the targets of their online protest, which ended at 5a.m. Wednesday morning. The Paris-based organization was founded in 1985 and publishes a list of the Internet’s Enemies once a year. This year, Nepal, Maldives, and Libya found themselves removed from the list, while Egypt made its first appearance.

Yahoo News: 13 nations denounced for Web censorship

The Internets has 13 Enemies!


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