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172 public institutions removed non-free advertisement


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, Russia and Slovenia. In Croatia almost all reported institutions deleted the advertisement. Half of those contacted in Russia and Slovenia fulfilled FSFE's request.

"Several institutions replied stating that they agree with our concerns, 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 chancellery.

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