Internet censorship is an ongoing issue in several countries around the world, with some having deathly consequences for any dissenting speech. The recent brutal killings in Bangladesh only highlight how critical and dangerous it has become for many to speak out.
Bonya Ahmed spoke at a tech conference in Berlin on May 2nd about the future of free speech in Muslim-majority countries, “the writers and activists who were killed in the past few months had wanted to establish equal rights for women, minorities and LGBT population in the country, some of them had criticized religion including Islam for its fundamentalist views.”
As we approach the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, I want to highlight one such flame of freedom still burning bright in China as governments continue to hunt and execute or imprison bloggers and journalists to quash free speech. Despite small successes in free speech, China has continued to crack down even more within their internet wall where they no longer event try to defend against their harsh actions. Even the urge to censor the internet has reached the UN.
Sadly, in the U.S. we face attacks of censorship either outright or through coercion. One such example is death threats made against those who speak unfavorably against the current administration. Unfortunately, conservative ideas, Christian beliefs, or those believing that ‘all life matters’ are the ones most found in the cross hairs.