first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The harassment to which Zubkova has been subjected for years in connection with her journalism included being prosecuted by the town’s mayor in August 2019 on the grounds that she was interviewing the region’s residents without the local government’s permission. “Natalya Zubkova is being persecuted by the local authorities, who are exploiting local impunity to try to silence her,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We call on the federal authorities to protect this journalist and to conduct a thorough, independent and transparent investigation into these unacceptable attacks.” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Russia On 6 March, she released a video entitled, “To the security authorities in Kiselyovsk: stop persecuting my family!” In the video, she described how she had submitted many complaints to the police, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Investigative Committee about threats and acts of defamation against her without ever getting a proper response. Related documents Читать на русском / Read in Russian​​PDF – 91.54 KB An hour before doing this, Slavina posted a message on Facebook calling for “the Russian Federation to be held responsible for my death.” On 2 November, the Investigative Committee refused to consider the harassment to which she was subjected as a factor in her suicide and to open criminal proceedings. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Russian federal authorities to protect the editor of a local online newspaper in Kiselyovsk, her hometown in southwestern Siberia’s Kemerovo region, after threats and attacks forced her to flee. The attacks are unacceptable and must be investigated, RSF says. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence March 10, 2021 Journalist forced to flee Siberian hometown after years of harassment RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Credit: Novosti Kiselyovska Читать на русском / Read in RussianNovosti Kiselyovska editor Natalya Zubkova finally decided to flee the town after being attacked by an unidentified person while walking her dog on 25 February. After holding her head in the snow, her assailant threatened her and her daughters with reprisals if “you open your mouth one more time.” Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information Zubkova is one of the many journalists in Russia who are harassed because of articles questioning local authorities. Irina Slavina, the editor of the Koza Press local online newspaper in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, took her own life by setting herself on fire outside city police headquarters in October 2020 after the latest of many searches and interrogations. Organisation News May 5, 2021 Find out more News News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RSF_en News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgNews RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ————————————————————-21.10.05Online encyclopedia Wikipedia censoredReporters Without Borders today called on the Chinese authorities to stop blocking accessing to the website of the independent online encyclopedia Wikipedia, whose popularity has been growing steadily in China. The site has been unavailable in several provinces including Shanghai since 18 October.This latest online censorship paradoxically comes at a moment when China is openly raising the issue of democracy by publishing its first white paper entitled “The construction of political democracy in China” on 19 October. The subjects tackled in the paper include human rights and grass-roots democracy in urban and rural areas, yet blocking the site of a free encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute is a clear violation of the right of Chinese citizens to information and it comes amid a series of new regulations adopted in recent months aimed at tightening controls on online free expression even more.The authorities are censoring Wikipedia in the same way that they censor thousands of websites with information that strays from the official Chinese propaganda on certain issues as Tibet and human rights in China.Internet users trying to visit the Wikipedia site since 18 October get an error message referring to temporary connection problems for unknown reasons. Wikipedia was previously blocked by the Chinese authorities in June and September 2004 because of dissident political content.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News ChinaAsia – Pacific News November 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wikipedia blocked again Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Numbers of Chinese Internet-users are reporting that they can no longer connect to either the Chinese or English versions of the collaborative encyclopaedia Wikipedia. The English version was reopened on 10 October and the Chinese version was made available again only three days ago. It is not yet possible to tell whether Wikipedia is unavailable because of a change of heart by the authorities or because of technical problems.——————————————-15.11.06Praise for company’s firm stand after Wikipedia made fully available again in ChinaThe Chinese version of Wikipedia, which had been censored since October 2005, was unblocked by the authorities around 13 November 2006. This decision follows the reopening a month earlier of the English version of the collaborative online encyclopaedia. Reporters Without Borders again congratulates the managers of Wikipedia, who have always refused to go in for self-censorship and called on other Internet giants present in China to follow their example.“While Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft harp on about how it is impossible to negotiate with the authorities and that if they refused to censor their search engines, they would be expelled from the country, the Wikipedia example proves the contrary,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The Chinese government is pragmatic and does not want to do without foreign businesses in the Internet sector. There is therefore obviously room for negotiation for the US companies. It is not essential to bow down before Beijing and trample on freedom of expression to do business in this country,” it added.According to tests carried out by Andrew Lih, a Wikipedia specialist, and confirmed by Reporters Without Borders, the encyclopaedia has been unblocked by China’s main access providers. The researcher said the reopening had prompted Internet-users to post a mass of new content. He said the Chinese version of the encyclopaedia is the fastest growing after the English version.——————————————————12.10.06Government unblocks access to Wikipedia’s English-language versionThe blocking of access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia put in place by the Chinese authorities in October 2005 was partially lifted on 10 October, Reporters Without Borders said today. The English-language version is now entirely accessible including sensitive content normally censored in China, but the Chinese-language version is still blocked.The press freedom organisation took the opportunity to hail the courage of the people in charge of Wikipedia who – unlike Google, Yahoo ! and MSN – have always refused to yield to the Chinese government’s censorship requests.“We are now waiting for the unblocking of Wikipedia’s Chinese version, which is obviously the one that people most want to consult in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Unblocking just the English-language content is a hypocritical move. The government hopes thereby to appease its critics abroad while continuing to censor the information available to its own population.”The organisation added: “We congratulate those in charge of Wikipedia, especially Jimmy Wales, who could have chosen to censor their own site to get official blessing. Instead they stuck to their principles and spurned self-censorship. Their determination has paid off inasmuch as Beijing has partially reversed its decision. It is an example that other Internet giants could follow.”Tests conducted by Reporters Without Borders showed that Wikipedia’s English-language version was entirely unblocked, including its articles on sensitive subjects such as the Tiananmen Square events of 1989, but the Chinese-language version (http://zh.wikinews.org) is inaccessible for most people inside China. Nonetheless, the filtering does not appear to be totally effective as people in some parts of the country such as Shanghai are managing to connect. The fact that the “Great Firewall of China” is currently being upgraded may explain the lack of homogeneity seen in the system in the past few days.Wikipedia’s content is written, rewritten and edited by its own online users. It is currently the world’s 17th most visited website. 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