Censorship by country

Censorship by country

Censorship varies in its extent in different countries.

Censorship by country


Since its independence in 1962 Algerian journalists have been the main target of censorship.


Australia is a federation, and responsibility for censorship is divided between the state and the federal government.

The Federal Parliament has the power under the Australian Constitution to make laws relating to communications and customs. Under the communications power the federal government can regulate the broadcast media (television and radio), online services (Internet), and under the customs power, the import/export of printed matter, audiovisual recordings and computer games. However, the production and sale of printed matter, audiovisual recordings and computer games solely within Australia lies with the states.



Bhutan does not have any explicit laws regarding censorship and it is comparable to its South Asian neighbours.



In Canada the principles of community standards and public interests are the primary adjudicants of what may be published or broadcast by the media. In most respects, Canadian law takes a relatively liberal interpretation of community standards, although sometimes the existence of competing interpretations results in controversy.



The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and its Committee of Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression expressed their deep concern about the continuing violations of the basic human right to freedom of access to information and freedom of expression in Cuba. Censorship in Cuba extends heavily onto music.


Censorship is prohibited as per the Constitution, which effectively means that there are no banned books and similar material in Denmark.






Republic of Ireland






Censorship in Venezuela is ranked at 114th out of 169 countries according to Reporters without Borders.

ee also

*Internet censorship
*Censorship in the United Kingdom


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