Report Lists Countries Which Limit Web Access

Reporters Without Borders, an organization which fights censorship and laws that undermine press freedom, released a report this week which reveals countries around the globe which limit access to internet content and thereby undermine freedom of expression. The report, entitled “Enemies of the Internet”, contains the names of nations involved in filtering content, shutting down social media access and black out news reports, in addition to using the internet as a propaganda tool. Names of the involved nations were updated to include Bahrain and Belarus. Other countries are Syria, China, Iran, Cuba, Russia and Thailand. However, some countries like Venezuela are becoming less repressive and so were removed from this year’s list. In addition to keeping reporters abreast of current internet regulations in foreign countries, the report can also aid tourists in understanding the risks of visiting certain sites and posting information through social media while abroad.