By Mitchel Ondili
Defined as the process of ‘imposing checks, direct or indirect, governmental or otherwise on the exercise of one’s right to free speech’, censorship is an inhibition of the right to speak one’s mind freely. This right is enshrined in Article 33 of the Constitution and includes the freedom to seek and receive information. Read together with Article 32 and international instruments, this includes the right to express opinions without interference in a wide range of areas both private and public.
As defined in our earlier post, blogging is part of web content that allows people to create their own content and interact with content from others. Censorship places limits on the ideas that can be shared as part of that content, for both negative and positive reasons which will be discussed below.
The publication of opinions on the internet has seen two common strands of censorship play out on a digital stage; autonomous censorship and legal censorship both of which are elucidated below.Continue reading