Infographic of the Day: Censorship Muzzles 1/4 of the World's Population

But in the age of the Internet, how much does it matter?

Here's another intriguing infographic from the Woorkup, which shows two things: At the top, the number of people around the world affected by censorship. And, at the bottom, the portion of people in those countries that have access to the internet:

World censorship infographic

There's probably not much to say about this, except to note that the topline figure for people muzzled by censorship is a shockingly massive portion of the world—25% of people alive.

Then again, you could argue that censorship is only effective in countries where Internet penetration is low, because with a bit of technical know-how it's easy to hop the Internet firewalls such as the ones that China and Iran have in place. So while censorship has grown, it's probably not nearly as effective a tool for state control as it once was.

And that might be one reason why in many of the countries with both high censorship and high Internet penetration—such as China, Iran, and Egypt—the government is sustained by nationalism. After all, you may hate your government, but you'll let them stand if you hate everyone else even more.

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  • XSportSeeker

    The worst part of some countries not having many people with Internet though is even worse than censorship: Extreme poverty and absolute lack of government support to supply it's citizens with the most basic of human rights...

  • zeke123

    Please dont make me laugh, the average american gets less diverse news that most countries and the built in bias and self censorship is evident.
    If CNN is your idea of real news then yes, censorship is a concern beacuse it detracts with the problems with american news.
    I mean has ANYONE ever done a balanced piece on Israel in the US?
    Israeli interests are american interests and there is no criticism allowed of this, its a forbidden topic.

    Wars in general (and the US has bombed what? 30, 40 countries since WW2?) are the clearest examples.
    The truth was absent in iraq and the media self censorship plain as day (embedded and all), it was absent when we kidnapped the haitian president in 2004 or when we bombed yugoslavya in 1999 for the benefit of a terrorist group our own agencies called the biggest and best armed (US of course) terror group in the world.

    Jacque Merlinot, the french news director wrote a book about how the media let itself be manipulated in the Balkans the showed the brazeness of the PR firms which openly boasted to him how they did it.

    Scott Taylor, the editor a Esprit de Corps magazine is an ex-soldier and Canada's best known military journalist and he has tons of stories how the US manipulates and plants stories and how Amanpour and company massage the truth to suit the party line.

    Lack of censorship does NOT mean you get real news.
    I saw a serbian reporter talk a few years ago and he was saying how there were a dozen independant news organizations in his country when they were under sanctions, now there are almost none while most of the media have been bought off by germans and other foreign groups and their editorial stances are closer to their german masters than the country they supposedly serve.
    They DONT have censorship like you wouild describe but they have no independant news orgs (getting money from Soros means you have to report things their way of seeing things and that is censorship)
    anymore and the media dont cover certain things or misrepresent them.
    He says things have actually went from bad to worse but the west prides itself for having changed things.

    Orwell Rolls In His Grave touches a bit this problem in the US media and it doesnt have its head up its ass like this self serving post does:

    http://video.google.com/videop...