ILA: RSF unveils 20/2020 list of press freedom’s digital predators

ILA: RSF unveils 20/2020 list of press freedom’s digital predators

Published by on March 12, 2020
Photo from; Reporters Without Borders (RSF) website

International Liberty Association: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has unveiled the name of 20 worst digital predators in 2020, including companies and government, which Iran government is one of them. The following is part of their report, but for the full report, you can click here.

To mark this year’s World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is unveiling its list of press freedom’s 20 worst digital predators in 2020 – companies and government agencies that use digital technology to spy on and harass journalists and thereby jeopardize our ability to get news and information.

This list is not exhaustive but, in 2020, these 20 Digital Predators of Press Freedom represent a READ THE LIST clear danger for freedom of opinion and expression, which is guaranteed by article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, created at RSF’s initiative, RSF is for the first time publishing a list of digital entities whose activities are tantamount to preying on journalism.

NAME: Iranian Cyberspace Supreme Council


Online selective access and control; blocking news websites, platforms and apps such as Telegram, Signal, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.


Created in March 2012 and consisting of senior military and political figures, this entity is the architect of the “Halal Internet”, an Iranian national Internet cut off from the rest of the world. It is constructing a firewall using Internet filtering techniques. Internet shutdowns are increasingly used to contain and suppress waves of street protests, and to restrict the transmission and circulation of independent information regarded as “counter-revolutionary” or “subversive” in nature.

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