International Censorship News

 2017



 Update: Extreme optimism...

Theresa May claims that social media censorship will be a panacea for religious violence


Link Here 26th May 2017  full story: Facebook Censorship...Facebook quick to censor
Theresa MayTheresa May has urged world leaders to do more to censor online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is moving from the battlefield to the internet.

Speaking about counter-terrorism at the G7 summit in Sicily, the PM said more pressure should be put on tech companies to remove extreme material and to report such content to the authorities. She led a discussion on how to work together to prevent the plotting of terrorist attacks online and to stop the spread of hateful extremist ideology on social media.

She said that the industry has a social responsibility to do more to take down harmful content. She acknowledged that the industry has been taking action to remove extremist content, but said it has not gone far enough and needs to do more.

She called for an international forum to develop the means of intervening where danger is detected, and for companies to develop tools which automatically identify and remove harmful material based on what it contains, and who posted it.

Update: Norway too

26th May 2017 See article from telegraph.co.uk

Norway is considering introducing uniformed police profiles which would patrol Facebook looking for criminal activity.

Kripos, Norway's National Criminal Investigation Service, is reportedly examining the legal aspects of how police accounts could be given access to areas of Facebook that are not open to the public. It would mean police gaining access to closed groups and interacting with members as they search for evidence of criminal activity.

Police in Norway and elsewhere have previously used fake Facebook profiles to investigate crimes including smuggling alcohol and tobacco.

 

  But does it include censorship by political correctness?...

Reporters Without Borders reports on the latest international rankings of press freedom


Link Here 26th April 2017

Reporters without Borders logoThe 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms 203 especially in democracies.

RSF's latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom, especially in leading democratic countries. (Read our analysis entitled Journalism weakened by democracy's erosion.) Democracies began falling in the Index in preceding years and now, more than ever, nothing seems to be checking that fall.

The obsession with surveillance and violations of the right to the confidentiality of sources have contributed to the continuing decline of many countries previously regarded as virtuous. This includes the United States (down 2 places at 43rd), the United Kingdom (down 2 at 40th), Chile (down 2 at 33rd), and New Zealand (down 8 at 13th).

Donald Trump's rise to power in the United States and the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom were marked by high-profile media bashing, a highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation, and fake news.

rank - country - improvement in rank since 2016

1 Norway 2
2 Sweden 6
3 Finland -2
4 Denmark 0
5 Netherlands -3
6 Costa Rica 0
7 Switzerland 0
8 Jamaica 2
9 Belgium 4
10 Iceland 9
11 Austria 0
12 Estonia 2
13 New Zealand -8
14 Ireland -5
15 Luxembourg 0
16 Germany 0
17 Slovakia -5
18 Portugal 5
19 Australia 6
20 Surinam 2
21 Samoa 8
22 Canada -4
23 Czech Republic -2
24 Namibia -7
25 Uruguay -5
26 Ghana 0
27 Cabo Verde 5
28 Latvia -4
29 Spain 5
30 Cyprus -3
31 South Africa 8
32 Liechtenstein -4
33 Chile -2
34 Trinidad and Tobago 10
35 Andorra -2
36 Lithuania -1
37 Slovenia 3
38 OECS -8
39 France 6
40 United Kingdom -2
41 Belize -5
42 Burkina Faso 0
43 United States -2
44 Comores 6
45 Taiwan 6
46 Romania 3
47 Malta -1
48 Botswana -5
49 Tonga -12
50 Argentina 4
51 Papua New Guinea 4
52 Italy 25
53 Haiti 0
54 Poland -7
55 Mauritania -7
56 Mauritius 5
57 Madagascar -1
58 Senegal 7
59 Dominican Republic 3
60 Guyana -3
61 Niger -9
62 El Salvador -4
63 South Korea 7
64 Georgia 0
65 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3
66 Serbia -7
67 Fiji 13
68 Lesotho 5
69 Mongolia -9
70 Malawi -4
71 Hungary -4
72 Japan 0
73 Hong Kong -4
74 Croatia -11
75 Northern Cyprus 6
76 Albania 6
77 Guinea Bissau 2
78 Benin 0
79 Armenia -5
80 Moldova -4
81 Cote d'Ivoire 5
82 Kosovo 8
83 Tanzania -12
84 Bhutan 10
85 Sierra Leone -2
86 Togo 2
87 Seychelles 5
88 Greece 1
89 Kyrgyzstan -4
90 Peru -6
91 Israel 10
92 Nicaragua -17
93 Mozambique -6
94 Liberia -1
95 Kenya 0
96 Panama -5
97 Tunisia -1
98 East Timor 1
99 Lebanon -1
100 Nepal 5
101 Guinea 7
102 Ukraine 5
103 Brazil 1
104 Kuwait -1
105 Ecuador 4
106 Montenegro 0
107 Bolivia -10
108 Gabon -8
109 Bulgaria 4
110 Paraguay 1
111 Macedonia 7
112 Uganda -10
113 Central African Republic -3
114 Zambia 0
115 Congo-Brazzaville 0
116 Mali 6
117 Maldives -5
118 Guatemala 3
119 United Arab Emirates 0
120 Afghanistan 0
121 Chad 6
122 Nigeria -6
123 Qatar -6
124 Indonesia 6
125 Angola -2
126 Oman -1
127 Philippines 11
128 Zimbabwe -4
129 Colombia 5
130 Cameroon -4
131 Burma 12
132 Cambodia -4
133 Morocco / Western Sahara -2
134 Algeria -5
135 Palestine -3
136 India -3
137 Venezuela 2
138 Jordan -3
139 Pakistan 8
140 Honduras -3
141 Sri Lanka 0
142 Thailand -6
143 Gambia 2
144 Malaysia 2
145 South Sudan -5
146 Bangladesh -2
147 Mexico 2
148 Russia 0
149 Tajikistan 1
150 Ethiopia -8
151 Singapore 3
152 Swaziland 1
153 Belarus 4
154 Democratic Republic of Congo -2
155 Turkey -4
156 Brunei -1
157 Kazakhstan 3
158 Iraq 0
159 Rwanda 2
160 Burundi -4
161 Egypt -2
162 Azerbaijan 1
163 Libya 1
164 Bahrain -2
165 Iran 4
166 Yemen 4
167 Somalia 0
168 Saudi Arabia -3
169 Uzbekistan -3
170 Laos 3
171 Equatorial Guinea -3
172 Djibouti 0
173 Cuba -2
174 Sudan 0
175 Vietnam 0
176 China 0
177 Syria 0
178 Turkmenistan 0
179 Eritrea 1
180 North Korea -1