The Threats

The threats to free speech online are varied, real, and often deadly.

Citizen journalists and human rights activists living under government censorship risk imprisonment and torture; even their families are put at risk by their important work. Political publications that question state-owned media sources become targets for police violence, and individual online behavior is tracked and punished.

Individual people living behind government firewalls are cut off from information about the world, about their own governments, and about the possibility of a freer life.

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Below is a small sample of a few censoring countries. In fact, most countries in the world practice some form of online censorship.

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