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Daily Dot: Just as predicted: state spying leads to censorship

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:05 -- Eva Prkachin

Journalists in democracies are self-censoring more and more thanks to mass surveillance

Article by Dell Cameron for The Daily Dot

An alarming study published Monday by one of America's top literary organizations reveals that the percentage of writers living in democratic countries who may be censoring themselves due to government surveillance is approaching levels reported by writers living under authoritarian regimes.

The new report, titled "Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers," was completed in late 2014 by PEN American, an organization dedicated to preserving free expression, which surveyed 772 writers in 50 countries. The key findings further confirm that mass surveillance conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its foreign counterparts has increasingly led writers to self-censor out of fear of government reprisal.

The latest PEN study expanded upon findings published in a November 2013 survey of U.S. writers that found that authors were "overwhelmingly worried about mass surveillance, and were engaging in multiple forms of self-censorship as a result."

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