Since the surprise Arab uprisings of 2011, the Saudi government has worked assiduously to ensure it has all the tools of censorship it needs to control dissent. These tools are starting to fire on all cylinders. The result has been a string of arrests and prosecutions in recent months of independent and dissident voices.
Although India is heralded as the promised land of journalism, with more than 80,000 print publications and close to 400 news channels--at a time when the media industry elsewhere faces shrinkage--recent events underscore that the huge number of outlets do not guarantee widespread independent coverage in the world's largest democracy.
The concept of network neutrality holds that all Internet traffic should be treated equal and that Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, should serve as free-flowing gateways for information rather than as filters. But in Venezuela, neutrality is an increasingly rare commodity and now ISPs are feeling the heat.