May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day:
Around the world, journalists and the free press are increasingly at risk. Berkeley Institute for Free Press Online develops and improves the longest-running anti-censorship software, CGIProxy, so that journalists and other human rights defenders have access to information and stay secure online. For example, Cuban entrepreneur Hiram Centelles (pictured with CGIProxy creator and lead developer James Marshall), co-founder of Cuban online marketplace Revolico (akin to Craigslist), recently shared how critical CGIProxy has been during times of blocked internet access.
Centelles is one of millions who have depended on CGIProxy, including journalists speaking truth to power around the world.
Support press freedom today with a gift to Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online. Journalists and human rights activists from Syria to Iran to China and Cuba (the tool is available in 15 languages) depend on CGIProxy to access the news and information they need and share it with their trusted networks. They need your support!
Journalists who uncover human rights violations are targeted online in increasing numbers. Defending a free press becomes more challenging with each passing day and advancement in technology, especially when governments spy on their citizens.
Here are just a few examples highlighting the growing threats to a free press:
- India's government uses policy to address hate speech that curbs free speech
- Duterte’s Philippines is fighting opposition magazine Rappler and arrested editor Maria Ressa
- Zimbabwe’s government shut down the internet twice to stop opposition protests
- Brazilian misinformation campaigns on secure message systems like WhatsApp helped bring Jair Bolsonaro to power
To protect the users who depend on it, CGIProxy needs security and software updates to meet evolving web technology. Protect the journalists and human rights activists standing up for humanity and equity in their communities with a gift to Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online.
Please share about your support for free speech and defend the free press everywhere!