This is absolutely horrid; I'm appalled that some people even make the connection between the immense censorship in China versus the situation in the US. Censorship in China is rampant, and it is very strongly applied by the ruthless Chinese authoritarian government.
People in China easily get imprisoned and even killed for any claims against the government, its leaders or its agenda. The Chinese government even censors every day news to fit its own agenda, the train crash being a recent example.
In the US, free speech is allowed and fully protected with countless sites criticizing the government (and its leaders); you could only get in trouble perhaps for copyright infringements, but that is barely upheld and the most you can get is a few thousand dollar fine.
Originally Posted by linkin93
And the US and other governments don't do this already? I'd be surprised if they didn't.
The thing is, you hear about this in other countries, about other countries, but you go there and ask the citizens and it's "Nah they'd never do it here in the good ol USA" - go to China and it'll be "Nah, no such thing here in the Motherland"
Censorship is present everywhere, but you can't compare censorship in countries like Iran, North Korea and China to countries like US, Canada, Western Europe, and etc. Totalitarian and one-party regimes only survive in an environment of oppression and censorship.
Besides, most educated people in all the countries rampant with censorship are fully aware of the situation.Edited by born2bwild - 7/29/11 at 7:34pm