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RSF creates a haven for victims of online censorship

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched the world's first "Anti-Censorship Shelter" in Paris on 25 June for foreign journalists, bloggers and dissidents who are refugees or just passing through as a place where they can learn how to circumvent Internet censorship, protect their electronic communications and maintain their anonymity online. It will also be available as a resource for journalists, bloggers and human rights activists worldwide - who have been identified by RSF.

RSF and the communications security firm XeroBank have joined forces to make high-speed anonymity services, including encrypted email and web access, available free of charge at the Shelter.

As online filtering and surveillance become more prominent worldwide, and at a time when netizens in countries like China, Vietnam and Iran have been imprisoned for expressing their views online, "anonymity is becoming more and more important for those who handle sensitive data," said RSF. The Shelter is also working towards having a dedicated website for hosting banned content.

The Shelter is open from Monday to Friday. Anyone wanting to use it should make a reservation by sending an email to: shelter (@) rsf.org.

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