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DOES NEWS-MEDIA CENSORSHIP PROP UP DICTATORS OR DRIVE DISSENT?
BY ERIC SCHOENIGER

Let’s say you’re a dictator, and your subjects begin to show unrest. You’re inclined to censor media reports to quash negative news about your regime. Will that tactic be more likely to let you hang on to power? Or will it make the citizenry more apt to revolt? It’s a question that has implications for millions of people who live under repressive governments around the world. 


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