Myanmar Shutdown Marks Grim Year For Web Freedom – France 24

Paris (AFP)
                        Web customers in a document variety of nations have confronted arrest and bodily assaults for his or her posts over the previous 12 months, a report stated on Tuesday, portray a grim image of digital freedoms in 2021.

The annual "Freedom on the Internet" report stated web shutdowns in Myanmar and Belarus had proved explicit low factors as on-line rights declined globally for the eleventh 12 months in a row.

Compiled by US think-tank Freedom Home, the survey offers nations a rating out of 100 for the extent of web freedom loved by residents, together with the extent to which they face restrictions on the content material they'll entry. 

Different elements embrace whether or not pro-government trolls search to govern on-line debates.

"This 12 months, customers confronted bodily assaults in retribution for his or her on-line actions in 41 nations," the report stated, a "document excessive" for the reason that monitoring began 11 years in the past. 

Examples included a Bangladeshi scholar hospitalised after a beating for alleged "anti-government actions" on social media, and a Mexican journalist assassinated after posting a Fb video accusing a gang of homicide.

The report additionally discovered that folks had been arrested or convicted for his or her on-line actions in 56 out of the 70 nations coated by the report -- a document 80 p.c.

They included two Egyptian influencers jailed in June for sharing TikTok movies that inspired ladies to pursue careers on social media platforms.

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Myanmar was singled out for heavy criticism within the report after a army junta seized energy in February and shut down the web,

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