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this campaign has been banned
We find it ironic that an initiative on freedom of information has been removed so quickly. We have officially received information that the campaign has been shut down because it violates Google Map’s policies. Important voices have been silenced in the places where they are needed the most.
MOSCOW,
RUSSIA
Mocow, Russia Leading independent news outlets have either been brought under control or throttled out of existence. More and more bloggers are receiving prisons sentences for their activity on online social networks. Any positive mentions of LGBTQI is punishable according to the anti gay propaganda law.
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NEW YORK,
USA
New York, USA US press freedom has encountered several major obstacles over the past few years, most recently with the election of President Donald Trump. He has declared the press an “enemy of the American people” in a series of verbal attacks toward journalists.
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ISTANBUL,
TURKEY
Istanbul, Turkey The witch-hunt waged by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made Turkey into the world’s biggest prisoner of journalists, having 73 members of the press behind bars in 2017. The authorities uses their fight against “terrorism” as grounds for an unprecedented purge.
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BANGKOK,
THAILAND
Bangkok, Thailand Thailand is ruled by a military junta called the National Council for Peace and Order. Any criticism of the junta is liable to lead to violent reprisals made possible by draconian legislation and a justice system that follows orders.
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BANGALORE,
INDIA
Bangalore, India India is among the deadliest countries for journalists. Research shows that although most of the victims were covering politics or corruption, the problem affects the entire spectrum of reporting, with journalists covering crime, business, human rights, culture and war all figuring in the tally of those killed.
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HARARE,
ZIMBABWE
Harare, Zimbabwe Although the constitution was amended in 2013, Zimbabwe’s media legislation provides for heavy sentences for coverage of protests, governmental corruption, unemployment or poverty, and the authorities still often target journalists.
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ST. JULIAN’S,
MALTA
St. Julian's, Malta Malta dropped from place 47 to place 65 in the last Press Freedom Index, after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Under threat from leading personalities or business groups, independent media outlets have been forced to surrender and to remove stories from their websites.
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ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Billboards Beyond Borders is an initiative for journalists and others whose voices have been silenced by censorship. People whose opinions led to censorship, punishment and in some cases even death. To highlight these people’s right to freedom of information and expression, and let their voices be heard, we turned to the most powerful tool for spreading information – the internet. By altering billboards in Google Street View we gained access to locations where people could never say certain things in real life without facing consequences, far beyond both borders and censorship.The messages on the billboards are only some of the statements that have led to censorship and punishment.There are thousands more, and the censorship that limits the freedom of speech is only getting stricter.
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326
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Reporters Without Borders is an international organization founded in 1985, with a mission to defend freedom of information. If journalists are not free to report facts, denounce abuse and raise opinion, how will we solve the problem with child soldiers, defend women’s rights, or preserve our environment? Freedom of expression and information will always be a fundamental issue and crucial to defend, but today nearly half of the world’s population have no access to objective news and information. And without freedom of information there will be no real democracies. Last year 65 journalists were killed, 326 incarcerated and 54 were held hostage. All for telling the truth. Reporters Without Borders are active in over 130 countries to defend the freedom of the press, and therefore democracy. Read more about what we do, and join us in our fight for freedom of expression and information here.
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