REPORTERS Sans Frontières has opened the world’s first Anti-Censorship Shelter in Paris for use by foreign journalists, bloggers and dissidents.
The press freedom organisation has worked alongside the communications security firm XeroBank to make high-speed anonymity services, including encrypted email and web access, available free of charge to those who user the shelter.
The network will be available not only to users of the shelter in Paris but also to their contacts anywhere in the world and to all those, above all journalists, bloggers and human rights activists, who have been identified by Reporters Sans Frontières.
"Never before have there been so many netizens in prison in countries such as China, Vietnam and Iran for expressing their views freely online," Reporters Sans Frontières said. "Anonymity is becoming more and more important for those who handle sensitive data."
The shelter will eventually also have a dedicated website for hosting banned content. Egyptian blogger Tamer Mabrouk’s reports on the pollution of Egypt’s lakes, which are banned in his country, and articles that are banned in Italy by its new phone-tap law will all have a place in what is intended to be a refuge for those who still being censored.