Recently, the Internet has densely entered the life of the entire globe. In the network, people can find anything they want – any video, any information, any news. But not all countries are positive that their people can freely search for everything their heart desires. In many states there are large restrictions, not only in the field of the Internet. Below is a rating of fifteen countries in which the most stringent restrictions on the Internet and the media.
In this state, even in one news broadcast, journalists from other countries can not be seen. Independent journalists are intimidated, who work in independent newspapers and on websites. They can even be imprisoned for several years, using invented accusations.
The country located in Asia occupies the penultimate place of the rating. The management closely follows the work of editors and journalists. One of the biggest crimes is the coverage of China’s life in the news. For such a punishment can be incurred. Thus, all media are controlled by the authorities. The Internet has made restrictions, especially on news sites, where it says forbidden topics.
In Africa, Ethiopia, in recent years, laws and restrictions have become much tougher. The leadership of the state itself is engaged in appointing editors in the field of television, radio and the Internet. According to the released laws, journalists who risk breaking the law and crossing the border of restrictions, as well as supporting the opposition movement, will be criminally punished in the form of imprisonment.
The twelfth line of the rating is occupied by China. Some journalists take great risks, trying to circumvent the law and censorship. But if they manage to catch their identities, nothing good will happen: only a prison. More and more authorities began to introduce laws on restrictions and propaganda, on prohibitions on entry and exit from the state. And still there are journalists critical. The Internet also imposed restrictions on news sites.
In this country located on the territory of Central Asia, there is also censorship, and not only in the field of the network. Freedom of the press is very limited. Even the editors are appointed by the president of the state himself. The Internet is completely limited access to many sites, including the news, which are independent.
The tenth place of this rating is occupied by the state of Belarus. Since 2010, Lukashenko, who holds the post of the country’s leader, has signed a law on imposing restrictions on the Internet, and in fact legalized the censorship of censorship. The office, created by Lukashenka for this case, soon presented the websites included in the black list. In order to access the Internet, a special identity is now required, through which the KGB can monitor the actions of users.
In this country, located not far from North America, until now, since the time of 1959 after the revolution, the Communist Party has been operating. There are also restrictions. All websites should be checked by Internet providers who are engaged in blocking prohibited information on the territory of the state. Journalists who go against the laws are elected and sent to prison.
8. SAUDI ARABIA
This Eastern Kingdom also falls into this ranking of countries. Here, too, there are restrictions and censorship in the media and the Internet. Here, not a single web page and no news is posted without the attention of the management. It very closely monitors what and how it is exposed in the local network. Those who dare violate the laws, awaits severe arbitrary punishment.
The state of Burma, or Myanmar, located in South-East Asia, also falls into this list of countries. The government and police closely monitor the work of journalists. Those journalists who cooperate with banned groups may even go to jail, and foreign journalists may not be allowed to enter the country at all. In the Internet area, there are also restrictions – it is forbidden to send voice messages and use flash cards.
Uzbekistan also has restrictions on Internet resources. Many links and topics are hidden. In addition to the restrictions on the sites, the Internet is closed watching the broadcast on-line. Many foreign tourists are prohibited from obtaining visas and, accordingly, entry into the territory of this country.
5. EQUATORIAL GUINEA
The Government of Equatorial Guinea, located in Central Africa, is very attentive and vigilant about the information that appears on the territory of Guinea. The guide limits the population to using the Internet, blocking access to the sites of the outside world. Residents can receive news only about what is happening inside the country or if Obianga, who is in charge of leadership, travels abroad for meetings. It was also said that Obiang had paid PR companies over $ 1 million to create good news about this state.
Iran is in the top five countries with the most severe censorship on the Internet and the media. Authorities really keep the population in a big restriction in the sphere of websites, blocking access to all social networks and huge numbers of sites, including news. Iran’s leadership uses special technologies, looking for programs that restrict censorship, and intimidates reporters.
In this country, since 2011, residents are completely deprived of the opportunity to use the Internet and mobile communications. In connection with the ongoing military operations there, as well as from the moment when people began to demonstratively demand the resignation of Assad, the leadership wished that the Syrian events would not spread to the outside world. They banned entry for journalists.
2. NORTH KOREA
The leadership of this closed country with its laws to this day adheres to totalitarianism. The main Korean population is severely dependent on the country’s leadership, and is very limited in the Internet, while the ruling elite have open access to the entire network. Residents are restricted from the entire outside world and are able to enter only Korean sites.
The East African state of Eritrea, located in the area of the so-called Horn of Africa, ranks first in the ranking. Here there are the biggest restrictions on the Internet. First, you can connect to the network only through a state-owned company. In fact, only a small number of residents can afford to go online. And there is no mobile network in the country at all. It was planned to be held in 2011, but the government banned it.