Censorship in the Middle East - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia
Censorship is actively practiced in many countries in the Middle East including Bahrain, Egypt, Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The governments in these countries use censorship as a form of control and as a means of preventing civil unrest, and sometimes to portray the government in a positive light during times of adversity.
The level of censorship applied by the Middle Eastern countries varies, but most include censorship of the internet and media. During the Arab Spring many regimes in the Middle East cracked down on information flow and used this as a period where censorship was implemented. In particular Turkmenistan has implemented a strict regime of censorship that controls many aspects of its subject's lives.
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