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March 12, 2009 – World Day Against Cyber Censorship

March 6, 2009

March 12, 2009 is World Day Against Cyber Censorship.

Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International have issued an open letter to the Chief Executive Officers of Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft, Inc. urging them, for one day, to not censor any of their search engines or blog platforms in observance of World Day Against Cyber Censorship.

The internet has created an ideal space for idea-sharing and freedom of expression. However, many countries have restricted the ability of it’s citizens and it’s media to express themselves and freely obtain information. Major communications companies such as Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco have been heavily criticized for allowing these governments to restrict access to content on the internet for the sake of higher profits. Nontheless, internet restrictions and censorship continue to undermine the notion of freedom of the press worldwide.

Amnesty International has started the Irrepressible.Info Campaign to raise awareness of the growing restrictions on the internet by countries that do not guaranty or respect a free press. To find more, take the Pledge on Internet Freedom, and to learn how to republish censored material on your blog, click here.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.