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Estonia welcomes Japan joining the Freedom Online Coalition


Japan joined the Freedom Online Coalition today, the aim of which is to protect and promote freedom of the Internet globally and to thereby shape international decisions in that realm. Estonia is currently the chairman of the Coalition and is organising the high-level conference "Free and Secure Internet for All" on April 28 and 29 in Tallinn.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia actively stands for freedom of the Internet. “We welcome Japan's joining the coalition,” Paet said. “In order to ensure a free, yet secure online environment, we need to cooperate with other countries, companies, and NGOs, who stand for the same values,” he added.

At the coalition's annual conference starting on Monday in Tallinn, the ministers and high-level representatives of more than ten countries from around the world supporting Internet freedom shall speak. Among the speakers are UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue and OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic. Those representing the views of the private sector include Google representative Vint Cerf and Richard Allan, who is the Vice President of Public Relations for Facebook in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Representing global NGOs will be Eileen Donahoe, Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch and Frederick Donck, who is the Director for the European Regional Bureau of the Internet Society (ISOC).

A total of over 400 people from more than 50 countries will be attending the conference. For more information please visit:

The Freedom Online Coalition was founded in 2011 at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands at the internet freedom conference held in The Hague. Today, the number of coalition members has grown to 23 states. In addition to Estonia, members includes Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, U.S.A., UK, Sweden, Costa Rica, Finland, Tunisia, Latvia, Germany, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Japan. The aim of the Freedom Online Coalition is to protect and promote freedom of the Internet globally and to shape international decisions based on its fundamental principles.

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