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New 'Enemies of the Internet' Listed In Reporters Without Borders Study 63

New submitter Warmlight writes "The BBC reports that 'Bahrain and Belarus have been added to Reporters Without Borders' annual list of "enemies of the internet." They join 10 other nations on the campaign group's register of states that restrict net access, filter content and imprison bloggers. India and Kazakhstan have also joined RWB's list of "countries under surveillance" because of concerns that they are becoming more repressive.' I wonder how ACTA will affect this in the next year? In their report, they say, 'Resistance to ACTA is stronger than ever and the treaty may not see the light of day. Vigilance must be maintained.'"
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New 'Enemies of the Internet' Listed In Reporters Without Borders Study

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  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @03:51PM (#39342939)

    Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can do whatever they like as long as they keep that sweet, sweet crude coming. I've got an SUV to fill.

    • Not RTFA'ing is fair game, but it's clear that you failed to RTFS.

      • Sarcasm detector broke? He was making a quip about how the western governments turns a blind eye to these country's terrible actions to keep the oil flowing.

    • I agree!

      More blood for oil!

      I think we need another campain of crusades.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Anybody with a half a clue would know that Bahrain has little oil and it certainly isn't a factor the reason it is friendly with Western governments.

      Thus, moderator, please mod the parent down to oblivion for being utterly and completely wrong.

      Facts 1 - elrous0 0.

      • I would think Bahrain is a nice buffer from Iran in control of the straights (indirectly related to oil) and is quite close with Saudi (indirectly related to oil) and the stability of Bahrain is important to regional interests (indirectly related to oil). But that said... come to the region and you will find that there is more then just oil. There is a different way of thinking that is not all bad. And much of the western media and pop culture about the region leaves me scratching my head thinking WTF?
  • See, it used to be (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Compaqt ( 1758360 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @03:54PM (#39342997) Homepage

    the Internet was just "our little private world", like Second Life.

    It wasn't "real life". It was just a separate little thing.

    Nobody (especially governments) cared about since, mostly since they didn't even know about it.

    Now that everybody's on it, they want:

    -Nothing exposing misdeeds (US)
    -Nothing about the Nazis (Germany)
    -Nothing about competing brands (France)
    -Nothing offensive (India)
    -Nothing about how the rest of the world lives (China)

    and so on.

    If only there, there were another interconnected network ... hmm.

  • Great list (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gmuslera ( 3436 ) * on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @03:57PM (#39343033) Homepage Journal
    The country that promoted SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, taken hostile control of the root dns, made raids overseas for Megaupload and others, have laws that force big companies like google/facebook/etc to give them their customers information and a "few" more is somewhat absent there. We need the Archenemy of the Internet list for it?
    • Re:Great list (Score:5, Interesting)

      by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@NoSpam.gmail.com> on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @04:07PM (#39343189) Journal

      You know I tried to write a post describing how what these countries are doing is worse, but the only thing they do that's worse is put people to death in some cases.


      Kazakhstan was added to the list after being said to have cut communications around the city of Zhanaozen during a riot

      And what is routinely done in first-world countries in cities where the G8/G20 is being held?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @04:03PM (#39343133)

    along with other first-world nations like Australia and the U.K., then the list isn't honest or accurate.

    • ^ this
    • by Anonymous Coward

      With your asinine comment, you have just proven that you don't know what censorship, corruption, or oppression actually are.

      Fuck off.

  • by cpu6502 ( 1960974 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @04:11PM (#39343257)

    "The 'under surveillance' list also includes Russia, which has used cyber-attacks and has arrested bloggers and netizens to prevent a real online political debate."

    The U.S. has done the same (usually with a false claim of copyright infringement)

  • Every government (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Hentes ( 2461350 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @04:25PM (#39343465)

    Governments of Earth tend to view the Internet as a threat to their power.

  • Where's the US? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by g0bshiTe ( 596213 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @05:24PM (#39344351)
    I'd say that the US is the biggest enemy overall to the internet. I mean those others are just censoring for their people. The US has decided to censor it for the world. And if they can't do that, they'll just seize the domain.
    • The US (I'm talking the public at large, not the government) is an enemy to the internet for dragging its feet in converting to IPv6.
  • Enemies of border listed on internet!

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