Censorship – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Censorship is the topic in this week's content round-up.

Freedom of speech isn’t something that should be taken for granted. In many countries censorship prohibits citizens from expressing themselves and if they do the consequences can be severe. In this week’s round-up of headlines from around the web we’ve pulled a handful of articles that discuss censorship and the ways that it is being exercised.

Russian Artists Face a Choice: Censor Themselves, or Else

By Rachel Donadio for New York Times

In a climate riddled with anxiety, Russian government has declared a ban on use of obscenities in public. As a result, artistic expression and interpretation of literature and other creations is now limited. An in-depth look at how this censorship decision is impacting Russia’s citizens is shared.

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“During Soviet times, “At least we knew the rules,” said Irina Prokhorova, a publisher and vocal critic of the government. “This is a little bit different, because there are no rules, no official censorship.” Ms. Prokhorova likened the climate to the 1930s, when the Nazis labeled art degenerate.”

Group fighting ‘Net censorship in China presses on despite DDoS attack

By Michael Kan for Computerworld

GreatFire.org, an an anonymous activist group, is working hard to provide access to end China’s Internet censorship that prevents citizens from using and visiting various online websites and platforms. The groups has developed a clever way to bypass Chinese government efforts and hope they’re able to raise funds to continue offering their services.

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“GreatFire.org suffered a DDoS attack last month that threatened to cripple its activities. The anonymous group, which is based out of China, believes the country’s government was behind the attack.”

It’s time for media censorship to be a thing of the past

By Editorial Board for The Oracle

Censorship isn’t just imposed by foreign governments alone. Often, educational institutions censor student opinions and content from various campus publications.

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“Administrators may feel the need to make sure a school paper delivers age-appropriate content, but it’s worth remembering students will be exposed to touchy subjects reported outside of a high school setting.”

Turkey turns off Twitter and Facebook as censorship grows

By Michael Holtz for Christian Science Monitor

In its continued effort to suppress access to social media platforms and the news that they often share, the Turkish government imposed censorship on Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, several other websites have also been censored, however, backlash from citizens appears to be less aggressive and more accepting.

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“President Erdogan appears to have an especially strong dislike for Twitter, which he has called “the worst menace to society.” In March 2014, the government blocked the site, along with YouTube, for two weeks after some Turks posted leaks from a corruption investigation that implicated prominent allies of Erdogan. Turkey leads the world in requests to remove tweets.”

The cost of silence: mass surveillance & self-censorship

By Nik Williams for Open Democracy

From press freedoms to government surveillance, the impact of censorship can product a negative effect. Restraint from speaking freely, conducting searches on the Internet and other daily routines may be hindered as a result of censorship. Understanding the impact and psychology behind it can be a first step to overturning it.

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“The dangers made apparent by mass surveillance do not only exist when their actions are felt; there may be no way of knowing you are being monitored, but conversely there is no way of knowing you are not.”

Have a wonderful weekend!

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