What is WeFightCensorship.org?

See the About Us page.

How did this project start?

In June 2010, Reporters Without Borders installed an “anti-censorship shelter” in its headquarters for use by foreign journalists and bloggers who are refugees or just passing through Paris. Its aim is to help them learn to circumvent censorship, secure their communications and maintain their online anonymity.

In the following months, the idea gradually emerged of creating a virtual shelter that would be available in any part of the world, even and especially in the most repressive places. Thanks to support from the European Union and the Paris City Hall, which had already sponsored the “physical” shelter, the WeFightCensorship (WeFC) project began in November 2011. The website was finally unveiled a year later. 

WeFightCensorship shelters news and information from censorship. Providing the public with access to the work of the journalists and news providers we defend is a direct continuation of the Reporters Without Borders mandate. 

Is WeFightCensorship a new WikiLeaks?

Raw documents are not be posted on the WeFightCensorship site. The different types of content, articles, videos, sound files or multimedia productions are made by information providers who were prevented from circulating then or faced reprisals. Content is selected and put in context in order to explain its importance for freedom of information and why it should be circulated. If available, it is accompanied by additional documents in order to better explain the case.

What kind of content can be submitted?

Content posted on the website can come from any kind of medium (website, radio station, TV station or print media), can take any kind of form (text, photo, video or sound file) and can be of any nature (news report, investigative report, op-ed piece or cartoon), as long as it:

  • has been censored, that it is to say, has been removed, blocked or subjected to enforced revision
  • is content of a forbidden nature
  • has led to reprisals against its creator (including threats, imprisonment or murder).

Will you publish all the content that is submitted?

To be selected, content must be linked to RWB’s mandate, defense of freedom of information, and must share its values of respect for human rights and promotion of democracy. Content that legitimately denounces corruption or economic, social or environmental problems will have a place on WeFightCensorship.org. But the site does not aim to be exhaustive.

How will you select and verify the content that is submitted?

Content is selected and verified by the Reporters Without Borders research department, under the supervision of an editorial committee which the checks whether it was properly and fully verified and whether it satisfies the established criteria. The editorial committee takes the final decision on whether or not to publish, supervises the content’s contextualization and decides the publication timetable.

How is content submitted safely and anonymously?

You can use the “submission form” and secured “digital safe” to submit content to Reporters Without Borders. The digital safe is designed to help contributors protect their anonymity when transmitting files. We nonetheless also urge them to secure their Internet connection by using a VPN or an anonymization tool such as TOR, I2P or Psiphon. (Read the “Digital Survival Kit.”) 

The confidentiality of our submission method is based on three principles – encryption of the files submitted from the moment they are sent to the moment they are opened, the fact that no record is kept of the connexion data, and the fact that the submission form is separate from the space where it is stored once it has been sent.

When you send a file using the digital safe, the file is encrypted on the server and then sent to WeFC’s storage space. The server hosting the submission form keeps no file nor data that could be used to identify the person who sent the content – neither the connection time nor the IP address.

While the submission form can be accessed from the Internet, the storage place is accessible only from within a private network managed solely by WeFC. Once in this space, the file is recovered at a WeFC workstation and then decrypted using a unique private key. Finally it is scanned by several anti-virus applications.

To take the necessary precautions, we advise you to familiarize yourself with the tools for anonymization and for protecting communications and data that are provided in the “Digital Survival Kit,” the first part of which is already accessible on WeFC. 

Why do you want to make the public more aware of data and communications protection?

As part of RWB’s efforts to combat cyber-censorship, WeFightCensorship tries to make the general public and news providers aware of the need to protect themselves and protect their online sources. The aim of providing the “Digital Survival Kit,” the first part of which is already accessible on WeFC, is to help them to familiarize themselves with tools for anonymization and for protecting communications and data.  

How can I help WeFightCensorship?

You are invited to help the WeFightCensorship cause of promoting freedom of information. You can help in a concrete way by: