Folks who live in Western democracies, and those of us who live in the Constitution Republic of the United States, enjoy great freedoms when accessing the Internet. Sure, our privacy is challenged on a daily basis by the likes of our governments, Google, huge Internet marketing firms and similar operations. And we must be ever vigilent to guard against the constant erosion of our privacy rights on the Internet least we begin to live in countries that do not afford such freedoms as we do enjoy.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, (CPJ) an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981, “promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.”
Further, the CPJ ” … has registered that in several countries in Asia and the Middle East, information is submitted to censorship by their governments. In some cases, the dictatorships or totalitarian regimes restrict the access to this media and impose prison penalties for uploading any ‘misleading’ information to personal webpages.” – Top 10 Countries That Censor The Internet
The top 10 countries in the world where being a blogger is a very dangerous occupation or hobby:
6. People’s Republic of China
4. Saudi Arabia
1. North Korea
Don’t think I’ll be blogging in any of those countries anytime soon.