The Practice of Free Speech: America versus China

Edit: An earlier version of this post did not include graphs and relevant details of the personal poll I conducted. That has since been changed. 

A free and robust media is deeply integrated into our everyday life; something that is true in most, if not all Western societies. Freedom of expression is seemingly an obvious right every citizen is entitled to, but it is in fact a foreign sentiment in many countries like North Korea and Cuba. In nations like the United States, a censored press is unconstitutional but nations like China, censorship is not only blatant but also accepted. This highlights a stark contrast in media institutions between two countries and poses interesting ethical dilemmas. For the purposes of this post, it’ll specifically compare the practice of free speech between United States and China, exploring the right to expression (or lack of) and whether or not this is a journalistic or a basic universal privilege.

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