WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Twelve countries have turned the Internet into an Intranet to control the information their citizens can access, an advocate of free speech said Thursday.
In a report, "Enemies of the Internet," Reporters Without Borders said at least 70 people are in detention in China for postings the government believes are undesirable. Iran and Vietnam also have large numbers of people behind bars for cyber-speech.
Other countries singled out for online censorship were Burma, Cuba, Egypt, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
"All these countries distinguish themselves not only by their ability to censor online news and information but also by their virtually systematic persecution of troublesome Internet users," Reporters Without Borders said.
Another 10 countries, including Australia and South Korea, are moving in the direction of censorship, the group said.
Governments also organize hacker attacks to shut down Web sites, the report said.