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Current report calling for freedom of expression and published “12 enemies of the Internet’ for the world day of Internet reporters without borders” published a new report on Internet censorship. The report results a so massive Internet censorship and repression against Blogger/indoor in twelve countries, that the States will earn the title of “Enemies of the Internet”. This balance sheet enters his today on the occasion of the “World Day against Internet censorship” on March 12, Internet report reporters without borders (ROG). This international day was initiated by ROG, to draw attention to the limitations and threats to freedom of expression on the Internet. The countries of Egypt, Burma, China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam are among the 12 “enemies of the Internet” according to reporters without borders.

“These States made the Internet to an intranet, so that the population at the entrance have to, undesirable ‘ online information to prevent”, ROG criticized. In addition to the monitoring and control Online information and messages unwelcome Internet users tracked in these States systematically. “Under the pretext of, moral standards, national security, religion or the rights of ethnic minorities, or even that spiritual cultural ‘ and operates in many countries Internet censorship to protect scientific potential of country”, so ROG. The report comprehensively examines the control, monitoring and censorship of the Internet and the pursuit of Internet dissidents and-dissidenten in 22 States. In addition, the report contains general facts about Internet use and potential problems of access to the Internet in the listed countries. ROG is also ten countries “under special observation”: including Australia and South Korea–States that at first glance be considered functional democracies fall into this category. Although the authorities of those States, other than the “enemies of the Internet”, Internet dissidents and-dissidenten rarely arrest and censorship measures are less solid.

But the Governments have taken disturbing measures, that could be easily exploited. In Australia, for example, an anti-terror legislation allows the authorities, suspicious ‘ to intercept private E-Mails. In the report, ROG arrives to forms of “participatory censorship”. Some Governments operate “Comment battles”: you use networking sites such as ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’ or other platforms to launch their views and opinions. Some repressive Governments be desired comments on popular Web sites also against payment, or they organize hacker attacks to block online content. The good news: Despite Gangelungen and repression many blogger candidates can however do not be discouraged. The Internet remains still the freest means of dissemination of information and opinions in many countries as compared to conventional media. New software developments help partly go to message control and-zensur on the Internet. Large Internet companies such as Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft have signed the so-called “global network initiative” announced that they would respect the right to freedom of expression of Internet users worldwide. So far, these companies to pressure by Governments in some States have engaged in censorship. If there were a change of these business practices, it would be difficult to monitor Internet users for a number of Governments.