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RSF creates mirror sites to combat censorship

Can't access that independent news site in Russia? Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has started creating mirror sites - exact copies - in the hopes of getting around the censors. Find the list of mirrors here.

"Filtering, denial of service attacks, withdrawal of content - censors use many different methods to silence news websites," said RSF. "In addition to drawing attention to these acts of censorship and providing the victims with legal, material and financial help, [RSF] has now decided to provide them with technical assistance as well."

Fuelled by cyber-attacks that left the Chechen magazine "Dosh" inaccessible during parliamentary elections last December, RSF has created an exact copy at that it promises to regularly update. According to RSF, all of the site's content was wiped out in 2010.

RSF has also mirrored Sri Lanka's online independent paper Lanka-e News, which the government has blocked since October 2011:

RSF is hoping that users will help create further mirror sites to render any blocking ineffective. "We urge Internet users all over the world to create more mirrors of these sites in an act of solidarity," RSF said.

Send the URL of the mirror site you have created to: wefightcensorship (@) so they can add it to the list.

RSF's future mirroring operations will be announced on Twitter with the #RSFmirror hashtag.

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