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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Censorship and Free Speech about What is freedom of speech? Facts Freedom of speech is the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas without fear or interference. This right is important for the personal development and dignity of every individual and is vital for the fulfillment of other human rights. ISTANBUL On 30 May police in Istanbul broke up a small demonstration by several hundred environmentalists, using tear gas, beating protestors and burning their tents. Since 2011, the AKP government has increased restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and internet use, and television content, as well as the right to free assembly. The AKP is highly oppressive to the people of Turkey. SYRIA Syria has become the world's most dangerous place for journalist who want to expose the truth. Both Syrian authorities and opposition groups have been targeting journalists The government is known for regulating the internet in the Middle East. The block certain sites and can even surveillance certain sites. The government can also contact the owner of a website and ask certain pieces and/or the entire website to be taken down. This way the government can control the people's minds. SRI LANKA The Constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the press, and the Government generally respected these rights in practice. In the past, the Government restricted these rights, often using national security grounds permitted by law. The President officially eased censorship restrictions on foreign journalists in a circular published in 2000. The Government did not restrict access to the Internet and did not restrict academic freedom.The LTTE restricted academic freedom, and it repressed and killed intellectuals who criticize its actions. The LTTE also severely repressed members of human rights organizations. EGYPT AZERBAIJAN Protests against President Mohamed Morsi and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arose when the General announced the ousting of President Morsi, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Two days later, rival marches and protests in support of and against the deposed President led to widespread violence across Egypt. Eighty-eight people have been killed since Friday 5 July, including some apparently as the result of excessive and unnecessary force by the security forces. Some of the people were even thrown off of buildings. Security forces intervened too late or not at all during clashes between supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi. Twenty years of independence, economic prosperity and relative stability in Azerbaijan have failed to significantly improve Azerbaijans human rights record and the fundamental freedoms of its citizens. However, peaceful protest has effectively been criminalized by banning demonstrations and imprisoning those who organize and take part in them. Journalists have been beaten, ill-treated and abducted, while the range of independent media outlets has been curbed through laws banning foreign broadcasters from national airwaves. Azerbaijan is currently investigating new ways to control and monitor internet use. What is censorship? Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions.
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