Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Israel didn't survive the cut

Who would have thought that there was one enemy list that Israel didn’t even rate a place on or a mention? The Jerusalem Post carried this report:
The Paris-based, international organization Reporters without Borders marked the World Summit on the Information Society - which took place in Tunisia under the auspices of the UN - by publishing a list of "The 15 enemies of the Internet and other countries to watch."

The countries the organization defined as "enemies" were those that condone Internet crackdowns, censor-independent news sites, opposition publications and bloggers, and harassing, or even imprisoning Internet users. The countries included in this category were Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, Libya, The Maldives, Nepal, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

In addressing Syria, the Reporters without Borders report stated: "The regime restricts Internet access to a minority of privileged people, filters the Web and very closely monitors online activity. A Kurdish journalism student is in prison for posting photos on a foreign-based site of a demonstration in Damascus.

I am surprised that Egypt didn't make the enemies list and Russia didn’t even rate a mention on the "countries to watch" list but ironically enough the United States and the European Union did make the “countries to watch” list.

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