Report finds online censorship more sophisticated

The Associated Press reports that Repressive regimes have stepped up efforts to censor the internet and jail dissidents, Reporters Without Borders said in a March 11 study. China, Iran and Tunisia, which are on the group’s “Enemies of the Internet” list, got more sophisticated at censorship and overcoming dissidents’ attempts to communicate online, said Reporters Without Borders’ Washington director, Clothilde Le Coz. Meanwhile, Turkey and Russia found themselves on the group’s “Under Surveillance” list of nations in danger of making the main enemies list. Although Zimbabwe and Yemen dropped from the surveillance list, that was primarily because the internet isn’t used much in either country, rather than because of changes by the governments, Le Coz said. Reporters Without Borders issued the third annual report ahead of the March 12 World Day Against Cyber Censorship, an awareness campaign organized by the Paris-based media advocacy group…

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