Here at TheFeed we definitely get the opportunity to express ourselves via the internet, but at the same time it is easy to take that freedom for granted.
In a study just completed by the OpenNet Initiative, it appears that there are many countries that have asserted their power over the Web by blocking sites that are political or social in nature. While the OpenNet Initiative was only able to study 40 countries and the Palestinian territories, they found that censorship is prevalent in 25 of them.
Here's just a taste of what you won't find when you take your next trip abroad:
- Rockin' the hate on pornography, gambling and gay and lesbian sites are Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen
- No love for the political types in China, Iran, Myanmar, Syria, Tunisia and Vietnam
- Hatin' on their neighbor honors goes to South Korea's ban on anything related to North Korea
On the positive side, Russia, Israel and the Palestinian territories all gave their citizens the free and clear to indulge in pornography, political bashing and social hook-ups.
And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.....
Yahoo! News: Study finds 25 countries block Web sites