Freedom on the Net 2016

Key Internet Controls By Country

Freedom House documented how governments censor and control the digital sphere. Each colored cell represents at least one occurrence of the cited control during the report’s coverage period of June 2015 to May 2016; colored cells with an asterisk (*) represent events that occurred between June and September 2016, when the report was sent to press. The Key Internet Controls reflect restrictions on content of political, social, or religious nature. Click here for a full explanation of the methodology.

COUNTRY # KICs employed
Social media or communications apps blocked
Political, social, or religious content blocked
Localized or nationwide ICT shut down
Progovernment commentators manipulate online discussions
New law or directive increasing censorship or punishment passed
New law or directive increasing surveillance or restricting anonymity passed
Blogger or ICT user arrested, imprisoned, or in prolonged detention for political or social content
Blogger or ICT user physically attacked or killed (including while in custody)
Technical attacks against government critics and human rights orgs
FOTN score
Angola 2 40
Armenia 3 30
Azerbaijan 6 57
Bahrain 8 71
Bangladesh 5 56
Belarus 5 62
Brazil 2 32
Cambodia 4 52
Canada 1 16
China 9 88
Cuba 5 79
Ecuador 4 41
Egypt 7 63
Estonia 0 6
Ethiopia 8 83
France 2 25
Gambia, The 7 67
Georgia 1 25
Hungary 1 27
India 4 41
Indonesia 3 44
Iran 5 87
Jordan 5 51
Kazakhstan 9 63
Kenya 2 29
Kyrgyzstan 2 35
Lebanon 3 45
Libya 4 58
Malawi 1 41
Malaysia 4 45
Mexico 4 37
Morocco 4 44
Myanmar 3 61
Nigeria 2 34
Pakistan 7 69
Russia 7 65
Rwanda 2 51
Saudi Arabia 5 72
Singapore 1 41
South Korea 4 36
Sri Lanka 1 44
Sudan 4 64
Syria 6 87
Thailand 4 66
Tunisia 4 38
Turkey 6 61
Uganda 4 42
Ukraine 4 38
United Arab Emirates 5 68
Uzbekistan 7 79
Venezuela 6 60
Vietnam 8 76
Zambia 2 38
Zimbabwe 2 56
June 2015 – May 2016 coverage period 21 32 13 26 18 11 45 20 25
June 2016 – September 2016 3 0 2 0 2 3 1 2 0
Total June 2015 – September 2016 24 32 15 26 20 14 46 22 25