Internet Freedom Deteriorates Worldwide
"When repressive governments try to rewrite history and mask their abuses, there must be others to call them out. When citizens risk their lives for freedom and justice, they need to know they’re not alone," stated Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) at the launch of this year’s Freedom on the Net report, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet access, censorship, and user rights. According to the report, broad surveillance, new laws controlling web content, and growing arrests of social-media users drove a worldwide decline in internet freedom in the past year. "We must safeguard the openness of the Internet," said Ambassador of Iceland to the U.S. Gudmundur A. Stefansson, whose country topped the list with the most free digital media in 2013. "The history of internet freedom is at a critical juncture," concluded Freedom on the Net Project Director Sanja Kelly. "Now is the time to act."
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