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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 10:32 AM

Belarus/Democracy activists stranded after Trump admin pulls funding for anti-censorship tools

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1243563

Democracy activists stranded after Trump admin pulls funding for anti-censorship tools

Democracy activists facing surveillance in Belarus pleaded for help, but the funding freeze meant a government-backed U.S. nonprofit had to turn them down


The Trump administration has undercut democracy activists in Belarus and Hong Kong by abruptly ending funding to a U.S. internet freedom organization that provides technological tools to evade censorship and surveillance, according to cyber experts and lawmakers.

The organization, a nonprofit called the Open Technology Fund, said the sudden disappearance of $20 million has forced it to cancel plans to deliver emergency aid to journalists and civil society groups facing authoritarian clampdowns in Belarus and Hong Kong.

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