Censorship is the suppression of free speech, public communication or other information which may be considered harmful, sensitive or politically incorrect as determined by governments or other groups or institutions.
Governments, private organizations and individuals may engage in censorship. It occurs in different media and on the Internet for reasons like national security, for ethical reasons or to prevent crimes such as child pornography and to prevent slander and libel. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content relating to censorship.
Homosexuality is a taboo in China, which forced China’s roughly 70 million LGBTQI people to build their own support community on the Internet. But now, a new regulation is seriously threatening this safe haven. Calling homosexuality “abnormal sexual behavior,” the new digital regulation could ban homosexual imagery online.
Fake news is surely one of the buzz words this year. Some apply it to the wackier conspiracy theories that are part of our online experience, while Donald Trump uses it as an insult to wield against critics such as CNN. So when the Czech government announced it was launching a unit to counter fake news, there were predictable cries of ‘censorship’. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.