[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE: 172 public institutions removed non-free advertisement

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Fri Dec 17 10:00:47 CET 2010

= 172 public institutions removed non-free advertisement =

  [permanent URL: www.fsfe.org/news/2010/news-20101217-01.en.html]

Only one month after the letters for the PDFreaders campaign of FSFE
were sent, 172 public institutions have removed advertisements for
proprietary PDF readers from their websites. Particularly outstanding
were the responses from Croatia [1], Russia [2] and Slovenia [3]. In
Croatia almost all reported institutions deleted the advertisement. Half
of those contacted in Russia and Slovenia fulfilled FSFE's

"Several institutions replied stating that they agree with our concerns
[4], and that they will modify their websites", said campaign manager
Matthias Kirschner. Amongst those are a number of ministries,
parliaments, law enforcement agencies, and the Belgian Prime Minister's

Campaigns like this are made possible by a community of volunteers [5],
and financial supporters [6]. FSFE is following-up with the remaining
organisations [7] in order to get the remaining advertisements

  1. http://www.fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html#HR
  2. http://www.fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html#RU
  3. http://www.fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html#SI
  4. http://www.fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/letter.html
  5. http://www.fsfe.org/contribute/index.html
  6. http://www.fsfe.org/donate/donate.html
  7. http://www.fsfe.or/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html

= About the PDFreaders campaign =

  What would you think about a sign on the highway saying “You need a
  Volkswagen to drive on this road. Contact your Volkswagen dealer for
  a gratis test drive – Your Government”? When it comes to software
  that opens PDF files, many public sector organisations do this every
  day. With the pdfreaders.org campaign FSFE has turned the spotlight
  on government organisations who behave in this way, exposing how
  frequent such advertisements for non-free software are. With the help
  of activists across Europe, FSFE is contacting these organisations to
  explain them how to improve their websites so that they respect our


==  About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  non-governmental organisation active in many European countries 	
  and involved in many global activities. Access to software
  determines participation in a digital society. To secure equal
  participation in the information age, as well as freedom of
  competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and
  is dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the
  freedoms to use, study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating
  awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and
  legally, and giving people Freedom by supporting development of Free
  Software are central issues of the FSFE.


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