2018: Current Enemies of the Internet

Last Update: February 2018

Internet censorship is a big problem in the modern world. Do you know which countries are supposed to be enemies of the Internet?

Review the list below and you will be surprised.

Current Enemies of the Internet:



Bahrain government keeps the international media away, harasses human rights activists, arrests bloggers and other online activists  prosecuting free speech activists, and disrupts communications.


2006–8, 2012–present

The Belarus government controls national information space. Regulation is heavy with strong state involvement in the telecommunications and media market. The president has established a strong and elaborate information security policy and has declared his intention to exercise strict control over the Internet under the pretext of national security. The political climate is repressive and opposition leaders and independent journalists are frequently detained and prosecuted.



Internet censorship in China is among the most stringent in the world. A great number of site are blocked in the China, such as Google services, facebook, Youtube, Twitter and others.



Citizens in Cube have to use government controlled Internet “access points”, where their activity is monitored through IP blocking, keyword filtering and browsing history checking.


Tody Ethiopia one of the highly restrictive environment in which to express political dissent online. Ethiopia blocks access to popular blogs and the Web sites of many news organizations, dissident political parties, and human rights groups.






The Islamic Republic of Iran continues uses technical filtering system, which is among the most extensive in the world. Filtering targets content critical of the government, religion, pornographic websites, political blogs, and women’s rights websites, weblogs, and online magazines.

 North Korea


North Korea is cut off from the Internet, much as it is from other areas with respect to the world. Only a few hundred thousand citizens in North Korea, representing about 4% of the total population, have access to the Internet, which is heavily censored by the national government.







 Saudi Arabia


The most aggressive censorship focused on pornography, drug use, gambling, religious conversion of Muslims, and filtering circumvention tools.







 United Arab Emirates


Pornography, politically sensitive material, all Israeli domains, VoIP services are blocked in UAE.

 United Kingdom


 United States




Uzbekistan blocks material critical of the government’s human rights violations, discussion of the events in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain, and news about demonstrations and protest movements.



Vietnam blocks access to websites critical of the Vietnamese government, expatriate political parties, and international human rights organizations, among others.

Current Countries Under Surveillance:

  •  Australia: 2009–present
  •  Egypt: 2011–present
  •  Eritrea: 2008–9, 2011–present
  •  France: 2011–present
  •  Kazakhstan: 2008–present
  •  Malaysia: 2008–9, 2011–present
  •  South Korea: 2009–present
  •  Sri Lanka: 2008–9, 2011–present
  •  Thailand: 2008–present
  •  Tunisia: 2011–present
  •  Turkey: 2010–present