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Media Censorship prohibits people from seeing things online that others can. The government imposes it and punishes those who go against their ways. The censorship imposed to the people of the country revoke the freedom of speech they once thought they had. It has so much effect on those who want their voices heard. Imagine a world where the United States of America limits what the people say on social media and then locks them up for saying something that goes against the beliefs of the government. Isn’t it a blessing that the citizens of the USA don’t have to worry about it? It is a great feeling but for others it is a nightmare.
The consequences of not following media censorship laws varies depending on the country. Most of China’s internet companies are privately owned and this is different compared to other countries(Mohamed Farah “How Chinese Internet Censorship Works”). The Chinese government has one of the most strict laws regarding media input online (US Intelligence). China has time after time arrested people for what they comment on the internet if it goes against the government. Since the companies are mostly privately owned, even if someone posts something bad it is read and reviewed so the government doesn’t see it. The Chinese government can fine a company if it is posted on their website (Mohamed Farah). Iran’s government has similar punishments for violating media laws. The elections that took place in the summer of 2010 sparked a lot controversy due to the results. Journalists were arrested by order of the government and were sentenced to long terms without a trial (Hua Yu, “The Censorship Pendulum”). Iran has a theocratic republic (Cia.gov World Factbook) this gives people some sort of free speech but the journa...

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...consequences in the area are more severe as there are punishments that are legal that would be considered inhumane in many other places. There is freedom in some places but it has yet to be seen everywhere. Many people are blind to the world due to the fact they are not allowed to see the truth as the government does not allow it.

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