Russia, Turkey Lead International Decline in Web Freedom: Report

For the fourth consecutive yr, Web freedom all over the world is on the decline, in line with a brand new report from a human rights group. Russia, Ukraine and Turkey dropped the furthest in Freedom Home’s "Freedom on the Internet 2014" report, which checked out sixty five nations for indicators of elevated Web surveillance, censorship, arrests of social media customers and extra. This yr in Turkey, Twitter was briefly blocked within the run-as much as native elections, whereas in Russia the federal government was criticized for growing Web censorship in the course of the Sochi Winter Olympics and for its army battle with Ukraine. General, Iran, Syria and China maintain the highest spots because the "world’s worst abusers of Web freedom," in accordance with the report.

Extra individuals have been arrested and prosecuted for his or her on-line actions in 2014 than ever earlier than, the report said. "In a departure from the previous, when most governments most popular a behind-the-scenes strategy to Web management, nations are quickly adopting new legal guidelines that legitimize present repression and successfully criminalize on-line dissent," it stated. There have been only a few nations that made good points within the rankings, with a lot of the will increase resulting from "much less vigorous" enforcement of present legal guidelines as an alternative of constructive new steps. The USA was judged much less free than solely 5 nations: international leaders Iceland, Estonia, Canada, Australia and Germany.

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— Keith Wagstaff
First revealed December four 2014, three:33 AM