RSF urges Google to keep “domain fronting”

first_imgNews Domain fronting lets Internet users disguise the site they are visiting, allowing them to view blocked sites. App developers discovered that the latest Google App Engine update had eliminated this possibility in April. It was just a technical change for Google but it is blow to the freedom to inform in countries such as China and Russia. “Google has opted for a quick and definitive solution without considering the impact on independent media trying to survive in countries where news and information are closely controlled” said Elodie Vialle, the head of the Journalism and Technology Desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “Though domain fronting can sometimes be misused for malicious purposes, the technique is mostly used by those who need access to information which has been censored under repressive regimes. Google should find a way to allow this technique to be used by those who have a legitimate need because of the censorship to which they are subjected.” Domain fronting is effective because its existence forces press freedom predators to block all traffic to Google if they want to prevent media outlets from using it. Google’s decision to eliminate this technique sends a negative signal to the other large Internet companies. Amazon has also already initiated blocking domain fronting on its web services. RSF has been taking advantage of the existence of domain fronting in its Operation Collateral Freedom, in which it unblocks access to online media that are blocked by censors in their own countries. This year, a total of 24 websites were unblocked by this operation. An update to Google’s app engine has put a stop to “domain fronting,” a practice that allowed Google app users to circumvent censorship. This is major setback for journalists working in countries where news and information are under tight control, and sends the wrong signal to the world’s other leading Internet firms. Organisation May 2, 2018 RSF urges Google to keep “domain fronting” Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionInternet center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information Google ends “domain fronting”. Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionInternet last_img read more

Eight journalists beaten by plain clothes police

first_img RSF_en September 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Eight journalists beaten by plain clothes police China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information “This incident is typical of the difficult conditions in which Chinese journalists work,” the press freedom organisation said. “They often find themselves attacked by men in plain clothes who have come from a police station or the city hall, and who are helped by ‘security guards.’ Once again, we call the authorities to put an end to these gratuitous attacks and to punish those responsible.”The eight journalists involved were from Yancheng Wanbao (YCWB), Nanfang Dianshitai (Southern TV), Xin Kuaibao (New Express) and Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis Daily). On arriving at the accident scene, they were intercepted by plain-clothes men and security guards managing the traffic and were led away to a dark room where they were beaten and their equipment was taken from them.Later, an unidentified man who had come from a municipal office even prevented ambulance crews from giving them first aid. A journalist from Nanfang Dushi Bao had to be taken to hospital so that a nail impaled in his foot could be removed. The journalists managed to photograph their assailants and get the licence number of one of the ‘security guards.’An investigation was ordered by Wang Huayuan, the deputy secretary of the Guangdong Communist Party committee. Reporters Without Borders today condemned the severe beating which eight Chinese journalists received from plain-clothes police and security guards when they went to cover a fatal road accident at a bridge in Renhe, in the southern province of Guangdong, on 26 September. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more