Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010 Current Events

Countries With the Highest Level of Internet Censorship


Recently the US State Department and the Reporters Without Borders have unveiled reports concluding that some governments are continuously attempting to limit the freedom of expression on the Internet.

The annual human rights report from the State Department focuses on the way Internet revolutionized the freedom of speech and how different governments around the world try to filter the online content. According to the report the most serious offender is China, which blocks unwanted Internet websites, restricting access to certain information and punishing those, who decide to break the established regulations.

The report called "Enemies of the Internet" which includes a list of countries with limited freedom of expression. In their paper Reporters Without Borders wrote that some of the countries that are ready to use as many tools of blocking certain content as possible are: Burma, North Korea, Cuba, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. These are "countries in which technical and financial obstacles are coupled with harsh crackdowns and the existence of a very limited Intranet," the report states.

The political and social content on the Internet is also under strict control of the governments from Egypt, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The 15 Enemies of the Internet are (in alphabetical order):

  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • The Maldives
  • Nepal North
  • Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

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