Censorship Is All The Rage Around The Globe
Exploring The World of Censorship With Corrine Barraclough.
Freedom-seekers aren’t going to find much to like about North Korea’s iron grip over the entire internet. No social media and no porn, and all news is heavily censored.
Say goodbye to freedom of speech and hello to the Great Firewall of China. New regulations mean members of the public can be jailed for just commenting on news posts.
Where to begin with this one? Films have been censored for showing actors in tight pants, or drinking and smoking at the same time. The Simpsons Movie was banned as censors forbade the use of red and yellow.
Governments worldwide have used the COVID-19 pandemic to justify violating the exercise of free speech. Authorities in several countries have attacked, detained, prosecuted and even killed critics claiming they ‘threaten public health’.
Germany’s notorious NetzDG law makes online platforms liable for illegal content, requiring social media companies to block or remove content that violates any one of 20 restrictions on hate and defamatory speech in the German Criminal Code.
Much online debate has become illegal, and the world’s largest tech companies – including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Zoom, who host much of the data – are locked in a standoff as they refuse to comply with authorities’ requests for user data.
Vietnam & Iran
In Vietnam, many bloggers are put under surveillance to prevent them from attending or reporting on news events. Meanwhile, in Iran, journalists’ relatives could lose their jobs or pensions because of the journalists’ work.
Lawmakers are working on a campaign against so-called ‘fake news.’ It requires a judgement on what constitutes fake news and which facts could be deemed to cause collective harm.