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Reporters Without Borders: Bahrain, Belarus added to the 'Enemies of the Internet' List

•, Common Dreams staff
 Reporters without Borders, the Paris-based organization devoted to media freedom, released its annual "Enemies of the Internet" report today. The report is released to commemorate the World Day Against Cyber Censorship.
Reporters without Borders added Belarus and Bahrain to the list of enemies, which also includes Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. These countries, according to the report, "combine often drastic content filtering with access restrictions, tracking of cyber-dissidents and online propaganda."

From the report:

Bahrain offers an example of an effective news blackout based on a remarkable array of repressive measures: keeping the international media away, harassing human rights activists, arresting bloggers and netizens (one of whom died in detention), smearing and prosecuting free speech activists, and disrupting communications, especially during the major demonstrations.

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