“It is unfair that Telegram is now being punished for upholding the right to privacy of its users. Private actors are increasingly pressured by governments to violate this right, Telegram needs our support during this time of adversity”, said Julie Owono, the executive director of Internet Without Borders.
“The initiative to ban Telegram by the authorities fits perfectly with the logic of other liberticidal initiatives in Russia in the field of media control. As Telegram’s channels have become a major platform for free expression in Russia, an important phenomenon of public debate, it seems that the authorities are obliged to appear to react in this way. The counterterrorism argument is to be taken with caution” said Anastasia Kirilenko, Russian journalist and Russian affairs’ leader at Internet Without Borders
Internet Without Borders reminds that the right to privacy on the Internet must be protected by the courts, against any disproportionate infringement, in particular, that emanating from public authorities. Internet Sans Frontières welcomes Telegram’s decision to resist an injurious injunction to rights and freedoms online.