Today is World Day Against Cyber Censorship, and international watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RWB), has released a new report, updating its ‘Enemies of the Internet’ list.
It is not at all surprising to find that the Middle East and Asia make up the majority of countries on the list, and that in the wake of a crackdown on protests over the past year, Bahrain is one of the latest additions.
Over the past year, we’ve seen foreign nationals deported from Bahrain on the basis of content shared on Facebook, have seen services like Bambuser blocked in the country, and have even witnessed Internet users in neighbouring countries arrested for criticizing Bahrain’s ruling family.
Other changes to the list include the addition of Belarus to the ‘Enemies’, joining long-standing members Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Countries that are currently under surveillance include Australia, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and the UAE. Libya and Venezuela have been dropped from the ’surveillance’ list, while India and Kazakhstan have been added.