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Protest Targets 13 Countries For Online Censorship

In Paris, the headquarters of Reporters Without Borders, the group projected a protest display onto several public monuments and the French headquarters of Yahoo.

Reporters Without Borders, an international press-freedom group, ended a 24-hour protest against government-sanctioned online censorship Wednesday.

The protest, which included mobile billboards in New York, brought more than 100,000 visits to the group's protest Webpage, which lists 13 countries as "Internet enemies." Those countries include Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

In addition, 3,300 people posted messages of support, and 55 blogs were created on the group's blog platform.

"We wanted to demonstrate that bloggers and Internet users the world over feel concerned about the problem of online censorship," the group said in a statement.

In Paris, the headquarters of Reporters Without Borders, the group projected a protest display onto the facade of Saint-Lazare station, the Bastille Opera and the building that houses the French headquarters of Yahoo, which Reporters Without Borders accuses of cooperating with China's efforts to crack down on online dissidents. The display was a giant world map with the targeted countries colored black.

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