The United Nations has come under fire from Reporters Without Borders for choosing Egypt as the location for this week's annual Internet Governance Forum.
The UN said that it had received complaints about the poster and that it had not been “pre-approved.”
”If we are not allowed to discuss topics such as internet censorship, surveillance and privacy at a forum on internet governance, then what is the point of the IGF?” said ONI co-founder Ron Deibert.
Deibert said that he had been asked by the UN special rapporteur For Human Rights, who witnessed the removal, to send a formal letter of complaint.
In one example the group alleges that in early November police arrested two bloggers, Mohamed Adel, 20, and Amr Osama, 19, on charges of “spreading false news and rumors liable to disturb the peace” and gave them a beating after taking them to a police station.