Rosenthal calls for more internet freedom

To mark World Press Freedom Day, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal issued a statement today on behalf of Freedom Online, an international coalition that he was instrumental in forming.

Mr Rosenthal hosted the first Freedom Online conference last December in The Hague to send a clear signal that people must be able to enjoy the same human rights online as offline.

In its statement, the coalition calls on governments to protect everybody’s freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

The coalition recently welcomed two new members: Finland and Costa Rica. It now has 17 members: Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, the Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The next Freedom Online conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 6 September 2012.