Internet censorship happens right across the world. In some places access to social media is forbidden, in others, such as the UK, internet service providers may only put a block on sites that may lead to pirated movies for example. Some countries are very liberal, others have strict content and access rules.
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This awesome map provides a detailed look at varying levels of internet censorship around the world today. It’s worth taking a while to go thought it.
As you’d expect, Kim Jong-Un is pretty tight when it comes to what’s being said online. All websites in the country are monitored by the government and in fact, only four percent actually have internet access.
You won’t be finding Facebook here!
Burma, as you’d expect, are also incredibly strict with all emails filtered by authorities.
This is to prevent access to sites that promote and expose human rights or anti-government sentiment.
Cuba has wider access to the internet compared to the cities above, but can only be used at certain points, in which are government controlled.
The web is then monitored by the authorities and filter IP addresses, browse internet histories, with posting anti-regime content strictly forbidden.
Like many countries in the Middle East, any anti-government sentiment can end up given jail time and all bloggers must actually receive a form of licence from the Ministry of Art & Culture.
Almost a carbon copy of Iran, access to content that in any way is opposed to political or religious beliefs are blocked.
It’s estimated that in all, 400,000 websites are blocked by the Saudi government.
Access to the internet generally has to be reported in Syria and anything that can be construed as a “jeopardy to national unity” will lead to the arrest of the writer.
It’s one of the most dangerous places to access the internet and if a Syrian wishes to visit an Internet cafe, they must provide ID, record the time and date and report that information to the government.
Widely regarded as the strictest when it comes to censorship.
The government will block sites, delete them and filter searches. In fact, they will even redirect some searches that promote countries’ independence to pro-communist party information.