UN council affirms support for Internet freedom

Carl Bildt, foreign minister of Sweden, wrote in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the resolution was needed to help protect bloggers and online activists from harassment and to shed a light on abuse happening in closed-off countries.

“We cannot accept that the Internet’s content should be limited or manipulated depending on the flavor-of-the-month political leaders,” wrote Bildt. “Only by securing access to the open and global Internet will true development take place.”  

The resolution calls on countries to “promote and facilitate access to the Internet” and to work together to ensure media and communications facilities are developed worldwide. 

— This story was corrected at 5:47 p.m. to reflect that all the members of the UN Human Rights Council backed the resolution.