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.
The head of Germany's conservative CDU party wants to hold a debate on whether opinions expressed online ahead of elections should face regulation. The idea has sparked an outcry, with critics warning of censorship.
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Polish cultural initiatives are witnessing a new wave of censorship, according to human rights campaigners. A woman was arrested earlier this month for pasting the image of a Virgin Mary in a rainbow halo on church walls — in protest against state-sanctioned intolerance toward LGBT people. Polish journalists and artists are finding ways to reach wider audiences, despite government control.
Critics of EU internet copyright reforms have rallied across Europe ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament. Critics say upload filters will lead to censorship. Advocates say creators must be fairly paid.