World accommodating religious movements
The development of Internet technology and social media web platforms have lead to an increased desire for democracy in many areas of the world; however, some nations have worked to curtail the freedom of information flow by developing complex Internet censorship programs.
While Internet censorship is a highly relevant topic in today’s society, it is mainly divided into two categories: religious censorship, seen in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, and political censorship, seen in nations like China and North Korea.
By comparing Islamic countries to one another, it is easy to miss important connections and similarities between seemingly religious censorship and secular political censorship.
By comparing a secular leader in Internet Censorship to the Islamic country Iran, I will bring a new perspective to the academic discussion of Internet Censorship for political stability and gain.
Because Islam is inherently political, it is the duty of the Iranian government to protect its people from harmful and anti-Muslim sites and information.
However, through this paper I argue that the Iranian government’s use of censorship is primarily political; the use of religion is merely a justification for political censorship.
Political and Religious Internet in China and Iran Abstract In this paper, I will compare and contrast Internet censorship in Iran and China.
While China is widely known for censoring the Internet for political reasons, Iran claims to censor its citizens’ Internet for religious reasons.
While Iran and China both practice Internet censorship, the two are rarely compared or contrasted in today’s scholarly literature.
By separating these two nations in academic discussion, it is easy to miss the political motives of Islamic governments in the Middle East.
There is a tendency to categorize and compare censorship in Middle Eastern countries, because of their similar religious backgrounds.
Since a few people have expressed interest in the research I did, I figured I’d post it here in case anyone else wants to sit down for an afternoon and read all 25 pages.
If you’re at all interested in the various kinds of internet censorship and how they’re implemented in different countries, I suggest you check it out.
And this is the first year the State Department would have needed to report on the effect the Arab Spring has had on religious freedom in the Middle East–had its reports, as always before, included a section on religious freedom.