Fourteen human rights groups urged the US Congress to pass legislation aimed at preventing US technology companies from cooperating with
The report said the groups, including Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, issued a joint statement supporting the Global Online Freedom Act of 2006 sponsored by Representative Christopher Smith.
The bill could impose fines or criminal penalties on companies that cooperated with governments in a crackdown on online freedom of expression, the report said.
The AFP report also said the legislation, pending in a House committee, was introduced after news that
Additionally, backers of the bill said Microsoft shut down blogs in