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Media > Internet > Censorship > Political filtering: Countries Compared

DEFINITION:
Indicates whether websites that express views in opposition to those of the current government (mainly on issues of human rights, freedom of expression, minority rights and religious movements) are censored or blocked. This is determined by accessing websites with provocative or objectionable content in English from within the country in question as well as from a place known to have no filtering regime. The retrieved content is then compared and scanned for discrepancies. Possible differences in blocking behavior across different ISPs is considered, as well as normal connectivity problems. 
 
Values
 
“per”, pervasive filtering: A large portion of the targeted content in several categories is blocked.
 
“sub”, substantial filtering: Either a number of categories are subject to a medium level of filtering or a low level of filtering is carried out across many categories.
 
“sel”, selective filtering: A small number of specific sites across a few categories are blocked, or filtering that targets a single category or issue is present.
 
“sus”, suspected filtering: Connectivity abnormalities suggest the presence of filtering, but no conclusive proof of deliberate tampering could be found.
 
“ne”, no evidence of filtering or blocking. 
 
 “nd”, no data.
 
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COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Afghanistan No evidence of filtering
Albania
Algeria No evidence of filtering
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia sub
Australia No evidence of filtering
Austria
Azerbaijan Selective filtering
Bahrain Pervasive filtering
Bangladesh No evidence of filtering
Barbados
Belarus Selective filtering
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma Selective filtering
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada No evidence of filtering
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China Pervasive filtering
Colombia No evidence of filtering
Comoros
Congo, Republic of the
Costa Rica
Croatia No evidence of filtering
Cuba nd
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark No evidence of filtering
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt No evidence of filtering
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia Pervasive filtering
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland No evidence of filtering
France No evidence of filtering
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia Selective filtering
Germany No evidence of filtering
Ghana
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guatemala No evidence of filtering
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary No evidence of filtering
Iceland
India Selective filtering
Indonesia Selective filtering
Iran Pervasive filtering
Iraq No evidence of filtering
Ireland
Israel No evidence of filtering
Italy No evidence of filtering
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan Selective filtering
Kazakhstan Selective filtering
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait Selective filtering
Kyrgyzstan Selective filtering
Laos No evidence of filtering
Latvia No evidence of filtering
Lebanon No evidence of filtering
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya Selective filtering
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia No evidence of filtering
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania Selective filtering
Mauritius
Mexico No evidence of filtering
Moldova Selective filtering
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco No evidence of filtering
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal No evidence of filtering
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria No evidence of filtering
North Korea nd
Norway No evidence of filtering
Oman Selective filtering
Pakistan Selective filtering
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru No evidence of filtering
Philippines No evidence of filtering
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar Selective filtering
Republic of Macedonia
Romania No evidence of filtering
Russia Selective filtering
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Saudi Arabia sub
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore No evidence of filtering
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea No evidence of filtering
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka No evidence of filtering
Sudan Selective filtering
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden No evidence of filtering
Switzerland
Syria Pervasive filtering
Taiwan
Tajikistan Selective filtering
Tanzania
Thailand Selective filtering
The Bahamas
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia No evidence of filtering
Turkey Selective filtering
Turkmenistan Pervasive filtering
Tuvalu
Uganda No evidence of filtering
Ukraine No evidence of filtering
United Arab Emirates sub
United Kingdom No evidence of filtering
United States No evidence of filtering
Uruguay
Uzbekistan Pervasive filtering
Vanuatu
Venezuela No evidence of filtering
Vietnam Pervasive filtering
Western Sahara
Yemen sub
Zambia
Zimbabwe No evidence of filtering

Citation

"Countries Compared by Media > Internet > Censorship > Political filtering. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OpenNet Initiative (ONI), ONI Data, https://opennet.net/sites/opennet.net/files/ONI_data-20130920.zip. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Media/Internet/Censorship/Political-filtering

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