Editorial Note

Editorial Note

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Volume 7 Issue 2 ()

Derived from Latin roots, the term ‘censorship’ means “to estimate, rate, assess, to be of opinion”. It has historically been justified on grounds such as the protection of children from exposure to sexual or violent content, the preservation of culture, and maintenance of social stability. Given the expanse of the Internet, such drastic measures derive justification from the needs of national interest, the protection of intellectual property, curbing child pornography, and preventing cyber-espionage. In practice, however, it has been criticised as being unfair, and often acting as a hindrance to progress. Today, a majority of the global population is affected by state censorship, especially in countries such as North Korea, China, Bahrain, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Iran, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Burma, Cuba, Syria and Uzbekistan. Similarly, India has also witnessed an increase in various forms of censorship; in a report published by Reporters without Borders, India’s Press Freedom Index rank dropped to a miserable 140 in 2013 from a previous rank of 131 in 2012, indicating an increase in incidents of censorship by the State…

Cite as: NUJS Law Review, Editorial Note, 7 NUJS L. Rev. 1 (2014)

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