Torrents and political media, the world’s most censored digital content

It’s no secret that censorship thrives around the world. An updated map of global Internet censorship in 2017 has recently been published by a hosting website and by simply giving the statistics a look, one can see that torrents are by far the most frowned upon online. This kind of censorship is probably the only one to occur in those generally regarded as democratic countries.

It’s easy to understand why torrents are the ones to suffer various forms of censorship around the world. Copyright-protected materials such as movies, music or software licenses are probably the main source of income for everyone involved in their creative & development process and piracy would only come in the way of profit.

Other reasons for this type of censorship include a so-called state-enforced morality, which implies that citizens are not capable of deciding what’s good and what’s bad for them. This kind of justification not only refers to the censorship of torrents, but also to social and political media.

Worldwide, the list of Internet censorship looks as follows:

Thus, as we mentioned, of all the analyzed 163 countries, all of them censor torrents more or less harshly, while 28% restrict political media, 27% hold a ban on pornography and 21% prohibit social media.

Furthermore, take into consideration that some of these countries do not censor only one of the 4 topics mentioned above, but various combinations of them, or, worst-case scenario, all four.

Therefore, you may need to review and adjust your itinerary if it includes heavily-censored countries such as Eritrea, China, Somalia, or the famously secretive and regulated North Korea.

 

How to access censored content

With the help of CyberGhost VPN, you will be able to “travel” to a less restrictive country and watch the TV series or sports shows that are not available in your country.

CyberGhost VPN enables you to download torrents using untraceable, torrent-optimized servers, automatically selected for you. With CyberGhost, you will also be able to access specific servers that will keep you protected while using torrents.

Furthermore, you will be able to schedule your favorite torrent programs to start together with our app. This way, you will make sure you are always protected and anonymous on the Internet.

With CyberGhost, you will be able to access the content that you love, without worrying about prying eyes. Simply activate the “Torrent Anonymously” profile, available through a Premium subscription, and enjoy the Internet as it was intended: censorship-free.

However, please bear in mind that there are countries which also ban the use of VPNs and while CyberGhost can be used for torrenting, we only support and recommend it in legal parameters, such as legitimate file sharing.

 

Sources:

Who is Hosting This

Freedom House

Reporters without Borders

About the author

Corina Dumitrescu
Corina Dumitrescu

A professional wordsmith, Corina has improved her writing skills through extensive experiences in journalism, advertising and marketing. Curious by nature, she enjoys learning foreign languages and discovering everything, as well as everyone around her.

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