Christian Martyr Watch (CMW) has reached nearly 10,000 hits per day from over 127 countries around the world. We are receiving reports from CMW readers of an increase is online monitoring and censorship taking place in countries that had been free from active government monitoring in the past. As a result, persecution of Christians is on the increase and free expression of religious views is being suppressed.
In an effort to support the free expression of religious views, CMW is encouraging readers in countries listed below to take precautions to prevent government interference with online activities. We recommend the use of ULTRASURF, a free product that enables you to bypass internet censorship and browse the internet freely. ULTRASURF uses industry standard, strong end-to-end encryption to protect your data transfer from being seen by third parties. You need to take active steps to protect your privacy online with anonymous surfing and browsing. Ultrasurf hides your IP address, clears browsing history, cookies, and more.
RWB Enemies of the Internet and Countries under Surveillance lists
In 2006, Reporters without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF), a Paris-based international non-governmental organization that advocates freedom of the press, started publishing a list of “Enemies of the Internet”. The organization classifies a country as an enemy of the internet because “all of these countries mark themselves out not just for their capacity to censor news and information online but also for their almost systematic repression of Internet users.” In 2007 a second list of countries “Under Surveillance” (originally “Under Watch”) was added. Both lists are updated annually.
|Current Enemies of the Internet:
Past Enemies of the Internet:
|Current Countries Under Surveillance:
Past Countries Under Surveillance:
When the “Enemies of the Internet” list was introduced in 2006, it listed 13 countries. From 2006 to 2012 the number of countries listed fell to 10 and then rose to 12. The list was not updated in 2013. In 2014 the list grew to 19 with an increased emphasis on surveillance in addition to censorship.
When the “Countries under surveillance” list was introduced in 2008, it listed 10 countries. Between 2008 and 2012 the number of countries listed grew to 16 and then fell to 14. The list was not updated in 2013 or 2014.
The internet is a crucial medium through which people can express themselves and share ideas and has become an increasingly important tool through which democracy and human rights activists mobilize and advocate for political, social, and economic reform. Fearing the power of the new technologies, authoritarian states have devised subtle and not-so-subtle ways to filter, monitor, and otherwise obstruct or manipulate the openness of the internet. Even a number of democratic states have considered or implemented various restrictions in response to the potential legal, economic, and security challenges raised by new media. Responding to these challenges, Freedom House conducts research and produces analysis on levels of internet freedom, conducts advocacy domestically and internationally to protect internet freedom, and conducts an array of programs designed to assist human rights and democracy activists safely use the internet for mobilizing their constituents and communicating their ideas.