RSF unblocks 22 censored websites
How does RSF outsmart censorship?
Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents technological censorship by means of an original strategy in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on the servers of the world’s Internet giants. Authoritarian regimes cannot block access to the mirrors without the “collateral damage” of restricting their own access to the services of these Internet companies.
Websites unblocked by RSF
Focus on Censorship
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Mowatin (“Citizen”) is an independent online magazine that Mohamed al Fazari, a journalist, blogger and human rights defender, founded in Oman in June 2013 shortly after being released from prison. Arrested along with other activists in June 2012 and charged with “gathering with the intent of rioting” and “insulting the Sultan,” he had been freed the following March under a royal pardon.
He was arrested again in 2014 and was held incommunicado for six days before being released. He managed to leave Oman in 2015 and sought asylum in the United Kingdom, but the authorities prevented his wife from joining him there and jailed his brother for three weeks.
Every year, Mowatin publishes a compilation of the past 12 months’ articles and interviews in book form, but the book was banned from the Oman Book Fair in 2017. The website was also blocked in 2017. Thereafter, Mowatin created a new website that is still accessible in Oman but both sites are blocked in Saudi Arabia. From his base in London, al Fazari is currently trying to increase the magazine’s visibility.