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The Un-Wikileaks: New Website Spots And Spreads Info Already Censored

Searching for free information in Burma
Searching for free information in Burma
Boris Manenti

PARIS - On November 27, Reporters Without Borders launched a new website called "We Fight Censorship," that "publishes content that has been censored or banned or has led to reprisals against its creator."

The content is selected by an "editorial committee," posted in its original language then translated – mostly into English or French. The website also adds an explanation of the context in which the content was published and censured.

For instance, the website hosts the censored video of a demonstration against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, which was violently repressed in the summer of 2011.

The website is "first and foremost a tool of dissuasion," explains RWB’s general director Christophe Deloire. "The point is to show the censors that every censored article or publication will find an even bigger audience."

The NGO relies on the "Streisand deterrent effect" under which "the greater the efforts to censor a piece of online content, the more the Internet community tends to circulate it." Deloire explains: "Depriving authors of their freedom, of their articles, seizing newspaper issues, blocking the access to a video website will not prevent the content from circulating around the world, on the contrary."

We fight censorship is an extension of RWB’s creed as defender of the freedom of press and information.

“We are not another WikiLeaks”

In addition to hosting censored contents, the website offers an online "survival kit" containing tools and techniques for Internet users who want to "anonymize” their Internet connection (and to circumvent technical censorship), secure their connection or encrypt their documents.

We fight censorship also includes a secured "digital safe" that allows users to transmit documents to RWB, in a secure and anonymous process. However, RWB refuses to be compared to WikiLeaks – "We are not another WikiLeaks," says Mr. Deloire. "Our objective is not to publish raw content. Thanks to this "digital safe" tool, we want to be able to publish documents on the atmosphere or the economy of a country, that could be potentially censored."

All the content on the site can be instantly duplicated – relayed by mirror sites in case of a cyber attack or censorship (firewall or site blocking).

"With this, journalists will be able to keep playing their role as forces of opposition in order to create a more democratic and transparent society," says Mr. Deloire.

Every year, RWB ranks the levels of freedom of press around the world based on censorship mostly. Early this year, Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Syria and Iran were the worst. France ranked 38th.

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Italy's Right-Wing Government Turns Up The Heat On 'Gastronationalism'

Rome has been strongly opposed to synthetic foods, insect-based flours and health warnings on alcohol, and aggressive lobbying by Giorgia Meloni's right-wing government against nutritional labeling has prompted accusations in Brussels of "gastronationalism."

Dough is run through a press to make pasta

Creation of home made pasta

Karl De Meyer et Olivier Tosseri

ROME — On March 23, the Italian Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Francesco Lollobrigida, announced that Rome would ask UNESCO to recognize Italian cuisine as a piece of intangible cultural heritage.

On March 28, Lollobrigida, who is also Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's brother-in-law, promised that Italy would ban the production, import and marketing of food made in labs, especially artificial meat — despite the fact that there is still no official request to market it in Europe.

Days later, Italian Eurodeputy Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of fascist leader Benito Mussolini and member of the Forza Italia party, which is part of the governing coalition in Rome, caused a sensation in the European Parliament. On the sidelines of the plenary session, Sophia Loren's niece organized a wine tasting, under the slogan "In Vino Veritas," to show her strong opposition (and that of her government) to an Irish proposal to put health warnings on alcohol bottles. At the end of the press conference, around 11am, she showed her determination by drinking from the neck of a bottle of wine, to great applause.

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