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Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the internet. It may be carried out by governments, private organizations at the behest of government, regulators, or on their own initiative. Individuals and organizations may engage in self-censorship for moral, religious, or business reasons, to conform to societal norms, due to intimidation, or out of fear of legal or other consequences.
1. Free: countries that little to no censorship, these countries will usually block child pornography
2. Selective Censorship: countries who have a free internet but put a ban on child pornography, online piracy, promoting terrorism or other violent acts.
A small number of specific sites are blocked or filtering targets a small number of categories or issues.
- Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey,
3. Under Surveillance: these countries are somewhat free or not free because of pervasive censorship that bans materials harmful for minors, pornography, morally offensive material, hate speech, pro-nazi propaganda and anything that can be a threat to national security.
Not all countries have the same surveillance policies and levels of censoship:
- Under Surveillance Under Watch countries: Australia, Egypt, Eritrea, France, French Guyana, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia;
- Under Surveillance Selective Censorship: Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey,
- Under Surveillance Substantial Censorship: Thailand
4. Substantial Censorship: these countries go a little further with censorship and making the internet partially free censoring and banning sites that contain racist, and morally and religiously sensitive content ,defamatory content and even some political satire.
A number of categories are subject to a medium level of filtering or many categories are subject to a low level of filtering.
- Pakistan, North and South Sudan and even Thailand (it is forbidden to criticize the royal family)
5. Pervasive Censorship: these countries have a the level of Internet filtering as pervasive in any of the four areas (political, social, conflict/security, and Internet tools) for which they test. Such nations often censor political, social, and other content and may retaliate against citizens who violate the censorship with imprisonment or other sanctions.
A large portion of content in several categories is blocked.
- Armenia (for Armenian Holocaust Denial) Kuwait,United Arab Empirates, Oman, Yemen,(any criticism of Islam and royal family), Palestine (Pro-Israel content), Somalia, South Korea (Pro-North Korean content)
6. Enemies of the Internet: en.rsf.org/internet-enemie-vie…
these countries mark themselves out not just for their capacity to censor news and information online but also for their almost systematic repression of Internet users. They use extreme censorship so much that they aren't just banning content that is harmful, they control the whole internet and ban anything that is not under their control and might be politically, socially, ideologically and religiously harmful and try to find and oppress all those who post that content.
- Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, Peoples Republic of China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.