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article imageReporters Without Borders announce WikiLeaks mirror site

By Jane Fazackarley     Dec 23, 2010 in Internet
International press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders(RWB) announced on Tuesday that they will host a mirror site for WikiLeaks.
RWB started to host the the site from Wednesday and it can be found here. RWB say that they are hosting the site "in the name of the free flow of news and information."
In a statement on their website RWB said:
“This is a gesture of support for WikiLeaks’ right to publish information without being obstructed."
"We defend the free flow of information on the Internet and the protection of sources, without which investigative journalism cannot exist.”
After the most recent releases from WikiLeaks a number of high-profile companies announced they were severing their ties with the site. Among them were Amazon who said that they would no longer host WikiLeaks on their US servers.
As a response to this a group of hacktivists, who call themselves Anonymous, launched a DDOS attack on the companies that have said publicly that they will no longer process payments for WikiLeaks.
On December 21 RWB made a statement available on their website which said that they condemned the actions by MasterCard, Pay Pal and other companies who have decided to withdraw their payment services from WikiLeaks.
Reporters Without Borders say that their partnership with WikiLeaks will be "constantly reassessed".
In August RWB criticised WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in an open letter on their website. They described the release of the Afghan War Diary 2004-2010 and the 92,000 documents which named Afghans who had helped the coalition as an "incredible irresponsibility".
In the same letter RWB condemned the harassment towards contributors and informants of Wikileaks. They also condemned the charges that have been brought against Bradley Manning.
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