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Broadcasters Promote News Freedom via "Bypass Censorship" website

A group of the world's leading international broadcasters is supporting a new website that helps internet users around the world access news and information.

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) [US] joins the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [UK], Deutsche Welle (DW) [Germany], and France Médias Monde (FMM) [France] to co-sponsor the Bypass Censorship website. International news websites, along with social media and messaging channels used for accessing, sharing and engaging in the free flow of news and information online are routinely blocked by governments in many countries. 

Broadcasting Board of Governors (PRNewsFoto/Broadcasting Board of Governors)

Bypass Censorship bypasscensorship.org provides information on how to access and download the security-conscious tools, and features guides on their use. When governments try to block these circumvention tools, the site is updated with information to help users stay ahead of the censors and maintain access to news sites. 

BBG CEO, John F. Lansing said: "The right to seek, and impart, facts and ideas is a universal human right which many repressive governments seek to control. This website presents an incredible opportunity to provide citizens around the world with the resources they need to access a free and open internet for uncensored news and information essential to making informed decisions about their lives and communities."

The broadcasters supporting the Bypass Censorship site are part of the DG7 group of global media organizations supportive of UN resolutions on media freedom and the safety of journalists.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). BBG programming has a measured audience of 278 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.

CONTACT: BBG Public Affairs, 202-203-4400

 

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