General Terms of Use of the WeFightCensorship.org platform for submitting content files for processing by Reporters Without Borders

1. The contract's purpose

The purpose of the General Terms of Use is to define how censored and banned content is submitted for processing by Reporters Without Borders and then made available by Reporters Without Borders at the submit.wefightcensorship.org web address.

All access to and/or use of the submit.wefightcensorship.org website, including the sending of censored content, assumes unconditional acceptance of and respect for all of the terms of this GTU. It constitutes a contract between Reporters Without Borders and the user. If users do not accept any or all of these terms, they are asked to refrain from using the site.

If users object to the GTO or if they have any questions about the submit.wefightcensorship.org website and the way it functions, they can contact the Reporters Without Borders New Media Desk via email at wefightcensorship[at]rsf.org,
by phone at +34 (0) 1 4483-8484 or by mail at

Reporters Without Borders
CS 90247
75083 Paris Cedex 02

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2. Definitions

User: an Internet user who connects to the submit.wefightcensorship.org website.

Platform: the application made available by Reporters Without Borders that allows Internet users to send documents anonymously and securely.

Censored and banned content: files (including text files, videos, photos, cartoons and sound files) that the user sends to Reporters Without Borders employing the contribution form available at the submit.wefightcensorship.org address.

Posting: the action by which censored content received from a user is published by Reporters Without Borders on the WeFightCensorship.org site or by any other means.

3. What is the RWB anti-censorship tool, WeFightCensorship.org?

WeFightCensorship.org is a website dedicated to circumventing censorship. It allows journalists, netizens and other Internet users to circumvent censorship or the danger of censorship by sending censored content securely and confidentially, whether directly or indirectly with the help of a family or other Internet users for whom they have given permission to Reporters Without Borders.

After examining the files and, if security conditions allow it, after contacting the person who created them, Reporters Without Borders may decide to post the content and, if so, how it should be done.

The received content may be posted in various languages on the WeFightCensorship.org website or on one of the mirror sites, together with information about the context, country, the content creator or any other information RWB thinks will be useful for the public. Posted content and the information provided about it will be freely accessible and anyone will be able to reproduce them as long as they mention the source (RWB/WeFightCensorship.org).

4. User undertakings

4.1 Users undertake to adhere to the values defended by RWB and its website WeFightCensorship.org and to use the tool that is being made available to them with the sole of aim of promoting freedom of information and censorship circumvention.

4.2 Users declare that they hold the rights over the content they submit or that they have all the necessary authorization to circulate it (see point 5).

4.3 In view of the highly confidential nature and dangers to which the creators of censored content are exposed, users must take basic precautions to protect their identity and sources. They declare that they have read the documents about information technology security and data anonymization provided by Reporters Without Borders.
If this is not the case, and if your Internet access, your data or your means of communication are not secured, do not submit content.

4.4 Users undertake not to submit content whose aims are different from those of the WeFightCensorship.org website, for example, content that aims to harm third parties, violate privacy or violate professional confidentiality.

4.5 Users accept that their content may be used free of charge by Reporters Without Borders in order to promote the goal of the WeFightCensorship.org website (Do we need to remind people what this goal is and, if so, should we do it here?).

5. Submission and use of censored content

Reporters Without Borders does not undertake to post all the content it receives. The content may be posted after being analysed by a team of journalists. Reporters Without Borders gives no guarantees as to the use of submitted content. All decisions about the publication, use, analysis and contextualization of submitted content are taken by Reporters Without Borders, which assumes sole responsibility for the content posted on the WeFightCensorship website. Reporters Without Borders cannot be held liable for its editorial decisions.

6. Copyright

Users accept that censored content is published under this licence: CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0.

If users did not create the content, they declare that they have obtained the content creator's agreement, or the agreement of the copyright holders, to this GTU. Users are aware and accept that submitted content may be posted, translated into various languages and distributed without their express permission, and that this is carried out under the licence described at this link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.

By accepting the GTU, users recognize that RWB could at any time proceed to contextualize received content and give it any other kind of journalistic treatment. This is an integral part of content processing.

Users accept that all or part of the transmitted content may be published on the WeFightCensorship.org website, the RWB site, a mirror site or in any other form including RWB print publications. They also accept that Internet users may duplicate or download the content in PDF or zip format.

7. Protection guarantees

Censored content is transmitted via a secured platform, one that is easy to use and offers security guarantees. Files are encrypted as soon as they are submitted. Only Reporters Without Borders in Paris has the decryption key and is able to open and read submitted files. The identity of senders is not retained and is known only if they decide to transmit their contact details.

Connection data are not collected. Content is retained only for as long as it is being analysed. If RWB decides not to use it, it is destroyed.

Users must also take measures to protect their connections (see Point 5).

8. Confidentiality warning

Although RWB is doing everything possible to ensure confidentiality, security is never absolute and also depends on the user's vigilance. RWB cannot guarantee absolute security.

9. Personal data and content retention

Content is transmitted anonymously, unless certain users desire otherwise, and RWB will not normally communicate with users or with content creators. If users subsequently want to get in touch with RWB about submitted content, secure means of communication can be established.

No personal data is retained and content is kept for only as long as required for analysis. After processing content, RWB will decide either to publish it or to destroy it.

10. Applicable law and jurisdiction

The legal regulations applicable to these General Terms of Use, to the content and to the use of the content are determined by French law. In the event of any dispute that cannot be settled out of court, only the French courts that come under the authority of the Appeal Court of Paris have jurisdiction.