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Why we're donating VPN licenses to journalists in distress

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

18 July 2017

Here at SurfEasy HQ, we’re super happy to be partnering with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) to provide 200 VPN licenses to enhance digital security and provide online safety for journalists in distress.

SurfEasy VPN licenses will be provided for free to journalists around the world who contact or apply to CJFE’s Journalists in Distress Program, which provides humanitarian assistance and resources to journalists around the world whose lives and well-being are threatened because of their work.

CJFE works with journalists who have experienced threats, imprisonment and torture in countries where journalistic freedom and freedom of expression are repressed. In these cases, their digital communications can be tracked, censored and even geolocated, putting them in physical harm’s way as well as subjecting them to punishment from oppressive regimes.

In circumstances like this, a VPN allows journalists to access emergency assistance and to keep in contact with families, friends, colleagues and authorities. Our no-log network means that we don’t collect any information about our users, so we can offer real security and privacy to those in need of it. Our VPN licenses provide anonymity and ability to use the internet freely without being tracked—and for journalists in precarious situations, this can truly mean the difference between life and death.

You can volunteer with the CJFE or donate to support their fantastic work here.

We’re thrilled to be able to work with such a great organization and to be part of such a fantastic campaign for people who do an incredibly dangerous and essential job.

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