The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday released a list of 13 countries it labeled as “enemies of the Internet,” which for the first time, has Egypt to the list.
However, this year’s list excludes Nepal, Libya and the Maldives. The list also consists of countries that RSF believes are suppressing freedom of expression on the World Wide Web.
Also on Tuesday, the civil rights group organized a 24-hour protest on the Internet by inviting Web users to cast their votes for the worst offending countries.
The RSF Web site also asks visitors to leave a voice message intended for Jerry Young, co-founder of popular Web portal Yahoo, to express their views on the firm’s dealings with China.
RSF has been very vocal in its condemnation of Yahoo for agreeing with the Chinese authorities to block access to some online materials.
The complete list of the countries blacklisted by RSF were as follows: Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan Uzbekistan, and Vietnam
A spokesman for RSF said, “We wanted to mobilize net users so that when we lobby certain countries we can say that the concerns are not just ours but those of thousands of Internet users around the world.”