If you’ve ever wondered why you sometimes don’t hear much about certain controversies in certain countries, or why you rarely hear negative things about certain political regimes, well it’s because a lot of times that kind of news is censored out from making its way around the world. If information is power, the government ensures that some regions stay powerless through the limitation of information access.
According to Breitbart, there’s a new report that recently went live from Freedom House that measured the information navigation allowed by various countries and regions, and they found that 67% of the world’s internet population reside in countries that are subject to government censorship.
According to the findings, however, 64% of average global internet users are not entirely free to use the internet. 35% of the online population are not free to browse, share or indulge in information. 29% of the internet population are partly free in how they engage and share information. And only 24% of the internet’s population is free to share and engage in information.
According to Freedom House…
“Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during anti-government protests.”
The report reveals that there’s actually been a decline in internet freedoms over the last few years, and that there has been a rise in censorship across various countries.
Breitbart lists out those labeled as “free”, which includes:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
Countries that are “not free” are:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
China topped out the list as the most restrictive of all the countries, and they’ve been notorious for how they limit and restrict access for their citizens.
Just this year we saw how companies like Twitter bent over backwards to accommodate censorship applied by countries like Turkey, which prevented its journalists from reporting on what was happening in the country.
Given that a lot of thought-leaders and media adopt Regressive Left philosophies and politics, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this list of countries grow as more and more people begin to adopt censorship to suppress views, opinions and information that doesn’t fit in line with their ideology.