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Journalism & Communication
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Name Instructor’s Name Course Date Internet Censorship The amount and extent of information access is virtually tremendous in the Internet. From the statistics provided in the Internet World Stats (2012), it could be deduced that majority of the users come from Asia (44.8%), followed by Europe (22.1%) and North America (12%) (Miniwatts Marketing Group).
However, other promoters of internet freedom has openly opposed internet censorship stating that curtailment of access to some information runs counter to provisions of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States (Qazi), specifically regarding freedom of speech. Initially, one is firmly opposed to internet censorship as an avid promoter of freedom of personal expression and speech. However, the recent online video of Jin Lin, a university student in Montreal, being murdered made one awefully disgusted that someone can use the internet as a stage to fuel selfish interests and the desire for attention. One thereby discovered that there are websites that specialize in showing viideos of people being killed, tortured or committing suicide. Uncensored sites allow sex offenders and cyber stalkers closer contact to children; these also allow children to research how to hurt themselves or other; and, being exposed to inappropriate online content could have long term negative impact on children. ...
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