Yes, it's documented, 2012 was a record-breaking year in terms of free-speech abuse and the imprisonment and killing of journalists. The International Press Institute offers the numbers, listing the deaths for each year at its "death watch" page. As interest in mainstream news has decreased statistically, interest in independent, cutting-edge alternative news has increased, but so has the pressure and backlash. Totalitarian regimes are the worst offenders. Simply shedding light on these types of issues can help to expose corruption and extreme censorship.
Also in 2012, a new treaty – supported by 89 nations – sanctions official curbs on the Internet by 2015. Only 20 countries are boycotting the UN treaty. Thankfully, the US is on the right side of this one for now.
Ephesians 5.13-14 states, "But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."(NIV)
We tend to either gravitate towards truth or away from it. Jeremiah 9.3 outlines how knowing God enlists a proper desire to be valiant for truth and righteousness: "And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me."(NIV)
There's a reason why the global organization against corruption is called "Transparency International" Unfortunately, the US has been heading in the opposite direction with both George W. Bush and Barack Obama exploiting the "State Secrets Privilege Act" in order to drastically reduce transparency in the US government. Obama has been seriously considering his own "Internet Kill Switch" as well.
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