Prominent activists recorded online messages for World Day Against Cyber Censorship, and even teamed up with AdBlock to bring their voices to the public

Prominent activists ranging from Edward Snowden to Pussy Riot plan on Friday to spread online protests against growing government restrictions on citizens expres, marking an annual world day against cyber censorship.

In one message, Snowden, who has been in self-imposed exile in Russia since 2013 after revealing via the Guardian that the American government ran secret and illegal domestic and international surveillance programmes, will tell the public: Even if youre not doing anything wrong, youre being watched and recorded.

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will also take part. One of his messages will read: Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, simply a barbaric one.

Ai has long suffered from various forms of oppression and censorship by Chinas government.

Other messages will be published from citizens of North Korea. Amnesty International tells North Korea subjects its people to the highest levels of censorship in the world, with the great majority of citizens denied any access to the internet.

The online messages are part of activities to mark World Day Against Cyber Censorship, an annual online event started in 2008 by Reporters Without Perimeters and Amnesty International.

This year, Amnesty has teamed up with the controversial online advertisement-blocking company AdBlock to bring activists voices to the public.

On Friday, when users of AdBlock begin browsing online they will be presented with an announcement asking if they would like to see messages from Amnesty International where ads would normally appear, if “theyre not” blocked.

According to a statement from Amnesty International, if users click through, they will see the notes written by the activists as well as content from ordinary people whom governments have tried to silence.

Authorities dont simply use handcuffs and apprehends but also media attacks, the message from Pussy Riot will read.

Pussy Riot, an activist female punk collective that has had frequent high-profile run-ins with Russian authorities, released its latest protest song last month.

Many governments around the world are avidly seeking to control ever greater aspects of their citizens online communication, Amnesty warned on Friday, while some try laws empowering their authorities to carry out intrusive mass surveillance while censoring what people ensure online.

Others are trying to acquire technologies that allow them to spy on people, hack their devices or censor free expression online, the Amnesty statement said.

In 2015, Amnesty recorded people being arrested in more than 16 countries for telling or doing online what would in most countries be regarded as normal freedom of expression.

Some nations are engaged in Orwellian levels of surveillance, particularly targeting the lives and work of the people who defend our human rights lawyers, journalists and peaceful activists, told Salil Shetty, Amnesty International secretary general.

This continuing development of new methods of repression in reaction to increased connectivity is a major threat to our freedom of expression.

Gabriel Cubbage, chief executive of AdBlock, said the company would indicate Amnestys online banners in place of ads to its 40 million users for one day only.

The rise of advert blocking software has inspired great anxiety in the online news media, which relies on ad revenue, especially when content is free.

The controversy over ad blocking does not seem to have deterred the likes of Snowden and Pussy Riot from participating in AdBlocks event with Amnesty.

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