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February 05, 2014, 06:47:23 AM on

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Freedom of information and extension are the most important freedom in the world.
Freedom of information is the foundation of any democracy. However almost half of the world still denies it.

Have you ever heard about Reporters Without Borders? This is the organization which is fighting against  cyber censorship and freedom. 

Every year they investigate the situation with censorship and Internet limits in different countries of the world. According to this study in 2013 Bahrain is a State Enemy of the Internet for involvement in active, intrusive surveillance of news providers and serious violations of freedom of information and human rights.

Bahrain has one of the best levels of Internet coverage in the Middle East. It is a regional information and communications technology leader. And it is a leader in Internet filtering as well.

All Internet service providers must install special blocking software chosen by the Ministry.

The government of Bahrain reacts swiftly to breaking news. Many social networking sites and platform are censored in the country. Internet users cannot share videos and other pro-democratic info.

Netizens are under a heavy pressure. Blogger Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri died in prison after tortures. He had been arrested for “inciting hatred,” “disseminating false news,” “promoting sectarianism,” and “calling for the regime’s overthrow in online forums.”
A big number of persons have been arrested for posting online messages.
Aggressive government filtering had peak in 2011 during Bahraini uprising.

Blocked content in Bahrain

Censored topics in Bahrain are:
* criticism of political leaders and its royal family
* religion
* pornography
* human rights
* pro-democratic activist
* political opposition
Internet censorship is severe in Bahrain so if you want to stay safe and secure in this country it is better to use something like vpn.
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Internet Censorship in Bahrain
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February 05, 2014, 06:55:51 AMReply #1 on

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Do you meet Internet censorship in your everyday life? And if so how do you avoid this?
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Cleo posted very nice article about using vpn in Bahrain : http://bahrainside.com/index.php?topic=1340.0
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What do you personally think about internet censorship in Bahrain? Have you meet some limits or filters?
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Re: Internet Censorship in Bahrain
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June 07, 2014, 10:52:23 AMReply #4 on

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Bahrain has been named as one of the five “State Enemies of the Internet” March 2013 by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in France, and aims to defend and promote press freedom. The other four countries are China, Iran, Syria, and Vietnam. In Bahrain, Facebook and Twitter are both accessible. The country’s Ministry of Information is currently implementing strict Internet censorship, and many critical websites are now blocked. But if you want to visit them, there are many different ways to bypass Internet filters in Bahrain. Below are four of them:

DNS Server

DNS (Domain Name System) servers simply translate a human-friendly Internetaddress into the IP address. Typically, Internet service providers bypass the DNS servers of your local ISP using third-party servers, allowing your computer to locate the addresses of the websites blocked by your ISP’s DNS servers. The main disadvantage of using a DNS server to bypass Internet filters is that the DNS request is not encrypted, greatly reducing the level of security. In short, you are not safe especially if you are in Middle East. In fact, alternative DNS servers are not advisable unless you have issues with your ISP’s servers.

Tor

 Tor (The Onion Router) is a free software program that directs Internet traffic through their worldwide network or relays. You can access blocked websites anonymously, thus protecting your privacy. This is the main purpose of the activists and volunteers who set up Tor. However, the actual content of your data is not protected after it leaves the Tor relay network. Tor routes your web browsing over and encrypted network, but it is not designed to protect your data, only your identity. So, if you want to try Tor to unblock sites in Bahrain, then expect that you will easily be caught.

Web Proxy


Web proxies work much better than alternative DNS servers and Tor. A web proxy can instantly unblock restricted sites in Bahrain without the need to install anything or change any system settings. Proxy serves assign a new IP address to you and hides your location, allowing you to visit sites anonymously. But besides the fact that you can easily be blocked, they offer free service which means you will be bombarded by tons of stubborn ads. Security is also a great concern because they don’t act as firewalls. Therefore, using a web proxy in Bahrain is not really recommendable if you are concern about your safety.

VPN


Unlike the other three methods mentioned above, VPN (Virtual Private Network) works like a firewall. With a reliable VPN for Bahrain, you are not only allowed to visit sites anonymously wherever you are, including Bahrain, your web traffic is also encrypted. VPN also works well for all kinds of mobile devices, allowing you to safely browse the Internet even if you are in Wi-Fi hotspot. Most VPN service providers can also immediately provide you a new IP address once the one they assigned to you earlier was blocked. Free VPNs are fine, but the paid ones are much better because they provide faster and safer connection.


Among the four methods mentioned above, VPN is the sure winner to unblock sites anywhere around the world. So if you are now in Bahrain and you want to be safe online, look for the best VPN that can protect you at all times and can provide you excellent customer support.



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