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.
With the New Year came a new law on online hate speech in Germany, forcing Twitter and Facebook to remove content more quickly in some cases. The AfD party, no stranger to stirring the online pot, is crying "censorship."
Beatrix von Storch, a leading figure in the Alternative for Germany party, is one of the first hit by new hate speech laws on social media. Critics say the legislation opens the way for censorship by internet companies.
As a young man, Heinrich Heine faced a hard question: homeland or freedom? Frustrated with censorship and anti-Semitism in Germany, the writer headed to Paris. There, he penned masterpieces but always longed for home.
Facebook is testing a new function across six countries. With this, media outlets' and other companies' products will be less prominently placed on its page. Will the move impede freedom of the press?